ICT spoke with Caroline Haggerty, RN, MSN, MBA, LSSBB, manager of quality and patient safety for Penn Medicine in West Chester, Penn., about the importance of shared accountabili
Disposable designs will improve patient safety
How do we clean an instrument has always been the question of the day in sterile processing departments all over the world; the answer is to come. The sad truth is, in some instances, the cleaning process was derived from someone in leadership making up a rule.
When it comes to the culture of a hospital, nothing is as important as the employees who work for it and aim to provide excellent patient care. When it comes to a hospital's balance sheet, particularly the physical assets, nothing is as important as the actual hospital and other ancillary buildings.
There are many misconceptions about using ISOs for endoscope repair. Perhaps the one with wide-ranging implications is the misconception that using an ISO for service will invalidate the device’s 510K, instructions for use (IFU), or automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) validation.
Many of the regulatory and accreditation criteria for healthcare facilities relate to decontamination, sterilization and maintenance procedures. The standards often require hospital SPD, BMET, OR, Infection Control and other technicians to follow and have easy access to manufacturers’ directives regarding preparing and caring for their devices, equipment and systems.
By Stephen Spanos, MD
By Ashley Brooks BA, CRCST, CFER; and Jonathan Reimer, MBA, CRCST
By William C. Henry Sr., CRCST
By Anthony Thurmond, CRCST, CIS, CHL
For many years, central service/sterile processing (CS/SP) was the behind-the-scenes department that wasn’t always recognized for its critical contributions to patient care and patient safety.