One Standard of Care: Terminology Exposed

By kschlachter

Published in ASORN EYE Know Newsletter: September 2021 Author: Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN – ASORN Past President   Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) and hospitals have long struggled with the problem of providing one standard of care to each and every patient. With increasing surgical volumes, healthcare organizations have an increasingly difficult time meeting the demands of medical device…

Before Sterilization There is… Decontamination and Cleaning

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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!

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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…