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The full scope of instrument care

While sterile processing follows a logical series of steps — decontamination, cleaning and sterilization — so only safe and effective instruments reach the hands...

Leading by example

The Sterile Processing Services (SPS) department at the Manchester VA Medical Center, NH, is an important part of an organization of people dedicated to...

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...

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...

Delineating IFU myths from truths

What are the myths versus the truths when it comes to SPD staff comprehending and implementing manufacturer instructions-for-use to reprocess medical/surgical devices? Most pressing IFU...

Following guidelines necessary for pressure-cooker reprocessing

As sterile processing professionals grapple with understanding and complying with manufacturer instructions-for-use (IFUs) to reprocess reusable medical/surgical devices, questions linger about whether new or...
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