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Sterile Processing intersects cost, quality and outcomes

Mince no words: Sterile Processing is essential to assuring and ensuring high-quality healthcare delivery. In fact, one may argue successfully that the sterile processing...

Manufacturer IFUs can stray from validation

The most misunderstood and overlooked aspect of any reusable device manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing their product is whether those IFUs have...

Missing links in manufacturer instructions-for-use can lead to process kinks

Those instructions-for-use (IFUs) that device manufacturers provide to hospitals and other healthcare facilities for their sterile processing and distribution (SPD) professionals to consult when...

Exploring the science behind true sterility

Infection preventionists, nurses, supply chain and sterile processing professionals simply cannot leave an educational conference without hearing the phrase, “if it’s not clean it...

SPD faces myriad challenges to comply with IFUs

Sterility assurance experts cite the need for improved education to help sterile processing professionals comply with manufacturer instructions-for-use (IFUs) guidelines, but other priorities either...

Spotting warning signs about cleaning effectiveness

What are some of the most and least obvious warning signs your endoscopic equipment has not been cleaned properly and shouldn’t be sent to...

In pursuit of the perfectly processed device

With the unfortunate recent outbreaks of infections tied to ineffectively reprocessed flexible endoscopes, the intensity of interest in methods and means to determine if...

Duodenoscopes submerged in hot water

Type “duodenoscope” into the Google search engine and within 0.3 seconds nearly 112,000 results pop up. The Food and Drug Administration dominate the first two...

Tips, tricks for inspecting endoscope cleanliness

Donna Swenson, President and CEO, Sterile Processing Quality Services Inc., Stickney, IL Like any other reusable medical device, endoscopes should be inspected for cleanliness after...

Narrating the pathogenesis of a deep organ surgical infection

When dead, sterile bioburden gets deposited into the body from a contaminated instrument during a surgical procedure, the foreign, organic material begins to decompose...
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