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…

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…