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January 2019
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New structure puts SPD staff on firmer footing

Perioperative leaders, including those in the sterile processing department (SPD), need to know when to make sweeping—not just incremental—changes to improve workflow and optimize the talents of their staff. Sometimes gains in productivity and staff satisfaction depend not only on identifying process improvements but also on placing staff in areas…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
December 13, 2018
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Research backs changes to AORN's Guideline for Sterilization

AORN’s updated Guideline for Sterilization is based on a recent review of evidence in peer-reviewed journals and regulations from 2012 to 2017. In addition to guidance for sterilizing reusable medical devices to be used in perioperative and procedural settings, the updated guideline points to findings that substantiate current practices, and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 14, 2018
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DVN GL announces first US sterile processing certification

Editor's Note Healthcare accreditation organization DNV GL Healthcare on November 7 launched the first sterile processing program certification in the US. The program recognizes excellence in an organization’s sterile processing department within the scope of infection prevention and control, surgical services, endoscopic services, and related departments. An important part of…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2018
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FlexDex signs distribution deal with Olympus

Editor's Note A deal has been signed by Olympus with FlexDex Surgical to distribute its wrist-controlled Needle Driver robotic device, the August 23 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The FlexDex Needle Driver, which is used to streamline suturing in areas of the abdomen that are hard to access, will complement…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2018
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Validate and verify medical devices to ensure safety

Sometimes surgeons ask to have nonmedical devices sterilized, such as spoons, hockey pucks, and fish hooks. Healthcare staff may want to accommodate their requests, but there are times when they cannot do so. A central service (CS) should only sterilize medical devices that have undergone validation testing, which demonstrates that…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
August 21, 2018
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Slurpee straw inspires smudge-free laparoscopic camera

Editor's Note University of Texas engineering students have created a laparoscopic camera cleaner designed like a 7-Eleven Slurpee straw that keeps a camera smudge-free, the July 17 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The “ClearCam” device has a scoop-like shape that acts like a squeegee to clean the camera. Surgeons can…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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Endoscope fluid, contaminants linger after faulty drying

What does it take to get endoscopes dry? That is the question that prompted a new study on endoscope drying effectiveness by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota). “We asked that question after a study we did 2 years ago found that increasing the automated endoscope reprocessor [AER] drying cycle…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 20, 2018
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San Diego hospital in ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ for dirty surgical equipment

Editor's Note After a routine survey, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared “Immediate Jeopardy” at UC San Diego’s Hillcrest campus because of cleaning issues with its surgical equipment, the June 8 10News reports. A CDPH report says that deficiencies found included: trays of surgical equipment with brown stains…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2018
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AAMI releases new standard on sterilization quality management

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has released a sterilization standard on quality management for central service (CS) sterile processing. The new standard, ANSI/AAMI ST90: 2017 Processing of Health Care Products: Quality Management Systems for Processing in Health Care Facilities, provides guidelines to support quality management systems…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
May 18, 2018
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Denver hospital breach may have exposed patients to HIV, hepatitis

Editor's Note Patients at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver may be at risk for HIV or hepatitis after the hospital discovered a surgical instrument sterilization breach, the April 5 LiveScience reports. The process for precleaning surgical instruments was found to be inadequate, which may have put patients who had orthopedic…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2018
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