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…

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…

Before Sterilization There is… Decontamination and Cleaning

By Barbara Ann Harmer

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…