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…

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…