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Sterilizer maintenance; protecting the sterile field; establishing internal relationships

Ray Taurasi offers advice on sterilizer maintenance, sterile field best practices, and working productively with OR staff.

Connecting the dots, removing the spots

When it comes to disinfectants and sterilants, it is important to understand what they can and can’t do, and where and how to use them properly.

An overview of lean transformation in sterile processing

DECEMBER 2017
CBSPD Expiration: November 30, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: October 31, 2020

Significant updates made to ANSI/AAMI ST79

ANSI/AAMI ST79, “Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities” is now updated.

SPD, manufacturers should partner on medical device design and cleaning

There are many stakeholders involved in developing and following reprocessing instructions for reusable devices, including the manufacturer and the healthcare facility where the device will be reprocessed.

Getting a handle on instrument storage

There is no shortage of options when it comes to keeping instruments protected and free of contaminates during storage and transport.

Washer testing; washer disinfector inspections

Ray offers advice on proper washer testing and disinfector inspections to sterile processing professionals.

Sharps safety; putting baby blankets in trays

Ray offers advice on setting up a sharps safety policy in the SPD and why placing baby blankets in case trays are not a good idea.

The challenges of extended steam sterilization cycles

September 2017
CBSPD Expiration: August 31, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: August 3, 2020

Your CS/SPD staff is certifiable

HPN spotlights CS/SPD departments with robust certification and training programs and the various resources these facilities are using to grow and nurture capable, knowledgeable teams.