It’s Never Too Early To Prepare for a Survey

By Barbara Ann Harmer

It’s never too early to prepare for a survey. Did you know that you can reach out to the manufacturer of a product in question before, OR DURING a survey? Preparation for a survey/inspection should be an ongoing task as well as managing and keeping up with required documentation. A key point that is often…

Reflection Time: Where Did Using Common Sense Go?

By Barbara Ann Harmer

When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that I was incredibly good with my book knowledge (probably the reason why I was respected when surveying for 25 years) but common sense was not my strong point. Common sense is something that I developed as I matured, and I have concluded that…

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…