It's been given an official name, COVID-19, and will likely become known as SARS-CoV-2, when all is said and done.

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.

Diversey Care Introduces MoonBeam3 Disinfection System

May 2, 2017

Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division introduces the MoonBeam™3, a system that uses powerful ultraviolet (UV) technology to kill pathogens on high-touch surfaces in patient rooms, operating rooms, and bathrooms.

Scope Cleaning Verification

April 25, 2017

Reprocessing endoscopes, particularly flexible endoscopes, requires numerous steps for proper cleaning and high-level disinfection. Studies have demonstrated that not all of these steps are followed by sterile processing personnel, leading to potential transmission of infectious organisms to patients during invasive procedures using contaminated scopes.