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Decontam is in the details

New guidance documents are on the horizon that will impact decontamination processes in central CS/SPD departments – and new products too.

Optimizing reprocessing

CS/SPD departments that have successfully improved their reprocessing turnover shared the practices, tools and services they use to achieve their goals.

Validated? It’s complicated

The sterile processing community considers proposed efforts to standardize manufacturer IFUs for ease of use, to drive more effective cleaning/sterilization, and improve patient safety.

In pursuit of clean

It is common knowledge that a dirty surgical instrument cannot be sterilized. But effectively cleaning them prior to sterilization is no easy task. Failure...

Loathing long sleeves; sorting soiled linens; the purpose of enzyme spray;...

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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...

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...

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...

Who will drive positive change?

Aside from the sterile processing professional, three key groups can have a significant impact on cleaning education and enforcement. They include regulatory and accrediting/certifying...

EVS on the frontline of infection prevention


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