Like Fine Wine, You Can’t Rush Loaner Medical Equipment

By kschlachter

When loaner trays of medical equipment first arrive at a hospital, their level of cleanliness is simply the luck of the draw. “The same challenges with loaner equipment have persisted for years,” says Bob Marrs, who spent nine years with a surgical instrument supplier, in various educational and consulting roles, and previously worked in perioperative…

We Need To Talk: The OR and SPD Relationship

By kschlachter

It wasn’t until midway through his career as a neurosurgeon that Dr. George Cybulski, now chief medical officer of Vested Medical, Inc., in Illinois, first visited a sterile processing department to introduce himself and learn how it worked. That’s a step that few doctors ever take. In fact, Cybulski’s first visit to sterile processing generated…

Sterile Processors Can Never Let Their Guard Down

By kschlachter

In the world of sterile processing, there can be a false sense of security when it comes to handling sterilants, Janet Prust, Global Standards Director for 3M Medical Solutions Division, warns. “People just forget that they’re all hazardous,” Prust said in a recent Beyond Clean podcast entitled, “ANSI/AAMI: ST58 2013.” “Chemical sterilants are hazardous to…

Communication is Key in Sterile Processing

By kschlachter

Hospital sterile processing departments are a mystery to many, sometimes including the surgeons who rely so heavily on their services. Lori Ferrer, who serves as the director of Systems Central Sterile Services Department at M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has spent decades improving the efficiency of such departments through communication and tours. In a…

Sterile Processors: Front Line Virus Warriors

By kschlachter

Most people try to avoid viruses, but sterile processors live for daily brushes with them. How can a sterile processor stay safe and protect the patients they serve? When it comes to viruses, the global pandemic has inspired a daily diet of education in what they are, how they mutate and ways to avoid having…