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…

Before Sterilization There is… Decontamination and Cleaning

By kschlachter

Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN, Vice President of Clinical Services – ONE TRAY® Article posted by ASORN, May 2021 Always begin the preparation for instrument decontamination at the point of use.  Instrument manufacturers IFUs provide instructions for decontamination, cleaning and processing that are required to achieve the needed results. Transport contaminated instruments to the…

Sterile Wrap Shortage – All Wrapped Up In PPE

By kschlachter

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to impact the availability of sterile wrap, surgical centers and hospitals are finding themselves unprepared for the shortage as supplies are running out. Industry chatter about a supply chain disruption began early on when suppliers ran dry and people unsuccessfully tried to purchase directly from manufacturers. Sterile processing consultant, David…

ONE TRAY® Highlights CS Superstar Kathy Kurtz for CS Week 2020!

By kschlachter

Name: Kathy Kurtz Role: Central Service Supervisor Facility Name: Parkview Surgery ONE How many years you’ve been in Sterile Processing? 20   What’s your story of how you got into Sterile Processing? I was working in the Worker’s Compensation Ortho North East (ONE) and there was a position that became available.  I had always wanted…