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15 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
76. Insulation Testing of Surgical Instruments with Cheron Rojo
In this episode, Kevin & Adam speak with Cheron Rojo, who will be recapping his most recent International Webinar presentation on insulation testing. Learn how Cheron's personal story inspired his research and what the data tells us about whether sterile processing professionals are following the standards on insulation testing!
25 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
75. SID, Layerjot, and the Future of Surgical Instrument Identification with Etay Gafni
In this episode of the Ask The Educator Podcast, we interview Etay Gafni about Layerjot's new project: the Surgical Instrument Database, or S.I.D. for short. What is SID? How can Sterile Processing Technicians utilize it to identify our surgical instrumentation? Don't miss this episode about an exciting emerging technology that you can start using immediately in your own department! For more information about SID, or to start using the database, go to: https://www.layerjot.com/
18 minutes | May 5, 2022
74. Peel Pouch Problems
Malinda Elammari and Kevin Anderson continue their discussion on common peel pouch problems that are found in SPD departments. #sterileprocessing #peelpouch #sterileprocessingtech #asktheeducatorpodcast
17 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
73. How Confident are You in Your Peel Pouch Seals?
Malinda Elammari and host, Kevin Anderson discuss peel pouches and common issues with their seals.
20 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
72. Can we get an IFU for finding and using IFUs?
Adam Okada, Seth Hendee, and Kevin Anderson all discuss the need for training and documented competency for IFUs. Many departments now have access to IFU database software. However, it is common for users to struggle to find the IFU and/or the information they need within the IFU.
18 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
71. Cleaning up a Wet Mess: Troubleshooting Wet Packs
In this interview, Adam Okada and Kevin Anderson discuss the trouble with wet packs. What are some common errors made when troubleshooting wet packs and what are some resources to consider when tackling this frustrating problem in sterile processing? Find out in this episode of Ask the Educator.
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
70. Open Wide: A Discussion About Sterile Processing in the Dental Industry
Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss the current state of sterile processing in the dental industry.
30 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
69. Want to Take Your Sterile Processing Career to the Next Level? Consider Mentorship: Interview with Sarah B. Cruz
Sarah B. Cruz is the guest educator on this episode and shares with us why and how mentorship may be an important step in your professional development.
27 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
68. How Well Do You Know Your IFUs?
Instructions for use (IFUs) can range from too simple to too cumbersome. But they can also be your key to higher quality in sterile processing. Check out this episode featuring CPD Guy, Stephen Kovach and his thoughts on IFUs.
24 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
67. Innovation in Instrument Protection: Interview with Guy Phipps
Guy Phipps, Co-Creator at SterileBits talks about the latest innovation in instrument protection that will solve many of the current industry problems from the sterile processing department to the end-user in the procedural areas.
27 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
66. Education is a Sterile Processing Superpower
The newest addition to the Healthmark Clinical Affairs team, Adam Okada shares how education played a critical role in driving quality in his sterile processing department.
23 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
65. Why am I Signing This Sterilizer Printout?
Our Healthmark Education Specialists visit a lot of SP Departments around the United States. When we ask staff to explain the sterilizer load printout, we often get mixed answers. Malinda Elammari helps address what we should be looking for on the sterilizer printout.
22 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
64. Get Rid of Those Gnarly Brushes!
In this episode, Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss care and handling of reusable brushes in SPD. Too often we see inadequate brush inventory, incorrect brushes for the job, or brushes that look like they've been put through a coffee grinder. Get rid of those gnarly brushes! Take care of your brushes and they will take care of your surgical instruments!
29 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
63. Lead Your SPD with Storytelling: Interview with Hank Balch
Have you practiced the art of storytelling to lead your SPD to the greatness? You should be! Listen to this interview with Beyond Clean founder and President, Hank Balch, to find out why and how to lead with storytelling.
23 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
62. SPD Leadership Spotlight: Interview with Jim VanPietersom
In this episode, host Kevin Anderson interviews Jim VanPietersom of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska. Jim, an IAHCSMM Leadership Award winner shares a lot of great information about how he and his team have built a high performing SPD. If you have aspirations to be a leader in SPD, don't miss this episode!
23 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
61. Survey Readiness Series: A Focus on Endoscopy
In this episode, John Whelan shares valuable information about how surveyors look at endoscopy as well as many of the common pitfalls that lead to findings by surveyors.
24 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
60. Quality Management Series: Tray Audits
In this episode, Stephen Kovach talks about a simple quality management tool that can be used to proactively increase quality and safety before it reaches the patient, the tray quality audit!
18 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
59. Survey Readiness Series: Transportation of Reusable Devices
As SP departments continue to process instruments from other internal and external facilities, the transportation of reusable medical devices becomes even more important. There are federal regulations and other things to consider when transporting instruments between facilities and departments. In this episode, Seth Hendee shares some tips to help you get ready for your next survey inspection of transporting medical devices.
22 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
58. Survey Readiness Series: Case Cart Auditing
Point of use care and transport of soiled surgical instruments and devices has been a focal point of accreditation surveys in recent years. Stephen Kovach shares simple ways to drive quality and compliance with these critical components of the instrument life cycle through case cart auditing.
20 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
57. Survey Readiness Series: All You Need to Know About Eyewash Stations
Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss all things related to eyewash stations in order to help listeners prepare for accreditation surveyors.
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