Sterile Processing

Use of Chemical Indicators Should Reflect Standards

May 23, 2017

Q:  I have been using steam tape to place indicator on paper i.e., count sheets, and instrument bags inside of surgical trays before sterilization. I have been doing this for a number of years. My manager informs me that you cannot use steam tape to hold an indicator in place, be-cause "there is no way to validate that the tape is sterile after sterilization." Please clarify or give justification for this statement.

FDA to Develop Accreditation System for Testing Labs

May 23, 2017

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that with a new set of Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) making their way through Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting a

Professionalism, Continuing Education is Every CS Employee's Responsibility

May 5, 2017

Some central service (CS) professionals find comfort in knowing their chosen discipline provides them with a secure “job.” The fact is, though, that the dynamic, fast-paced and ever-evolving realm of CS/sterile processing delivers a challenging, yet rewarding career filled with rich opportunities for growth and advancement.

Medical Device Reprocessing Audits: Why Are They Important?

May 5, 2017

As an infection prevention consultant with 25-plus years of experience, I frequently audited healthcare facilities regarding proper reprocessing of their surgical, dental and/or endoscopic equipment. With each audit, I found healthcare professionals who had a strong desire to learn and adhere to best practices. This is important, as best practices should be adhered to in any profession because they reflect the values of that profession. In healthcare, adherence to sterilization and disinfection best practices ensures patient safety, as one of our greatest threats is healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). That said, I sometimes found it difficult to get everyone on board with compliance with national standards and guidelines, such as the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and/or the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA).  In recent years, my efforts were reinforced with help from two very important organizations, the Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Healthmark Announces EndoGal CEU Sequel

May 5, 2017

Healthmark Industries announces the launch of its newest CEU game, ”EndoGal2” on EndoGal is back with a new learning adventure; this time, EndoGal shows proper care of endoscopes.