Halyard Health Hosts Second Annual Smart-Fold Wrap Race Championships at IAHCSMM 2015

Updated May 4: Halyard Health hosted the second annual SMART-FOLD Wrap Race Championships at IAHCSMM's 50th Anniversary Conference earlier today.  After four individual timed heats, the two fastest times went head-to-head in a winner take all final. This year's SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race Championship crown went to Darreona McDowell from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with a time of 46.50. Finishing just behind Darreona was Michael McQueen of Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C.

First place winner Darreona McDowell.

Second place winner Michael McQueen.

Third place winner Alicia Gary.

Fourth place winner Sean Weir.


Halyard Health, a global medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery, will host the second annual SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race Championships to determine the fastest sterilization wrapper at the 2015 International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) 50th Annual Conference and Expo, May 3-6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Halyard will also be presenting infection prevention education programs and awards at the conference.

The second annual SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race is a fun and fast paced competition for Sterile Processing and Central Service (CS) professionals to highlight the important role they play in preventing infection in the operating room. The race kicked off in November 2014 and participants tested their wrap skills and speed using SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wrap, an innovative sterilization packaging designed with the toughest tasks in mind, engineered to protect heavy trays and loaner sets from tears and cuts in handling.
The championship round will bring together four finalists in an exciting playoff against each other. These CS professionals out-wrapped their peers through two preliminary rounds of competition and will compete head-to-head at IAHCSMM. The fastest wrapper will be crowned the 2015 SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race champion. 

The contest will be held on Monday, May 4 at 11 a.m.

The four SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race finalists are:
• Darreona McDowell, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, Atlanta
• Michael McQueen, Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, S.C.
• Sean Weir, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC, Pittsburgh
• Alicia Gary, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C.

Laurie Clark, senior manager of medical sciences and clinical education for Halyard Health, will present “We’re having an inspection! What tools exist to help us get ready?” as part of the Halyard Knowledge Network*. This program offers Continuing Education credits for attendees. The session will be held Monday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  

Wava Truscott, PhD, MBA, president of Truscott MedSci Associates, will present “Acute and Ambulatory Surgery: Preparing Sterile Processing for Audits by Infection Preventionists," on Tuesday May 5, at 2:45 p.m. in Grand Ballroom F-H.

The Confidence Builder Award, sponsored by Halyard Health and IAHCSMM, recognizes a CS team that is building confidence within their organization with programs that empower the team and the hospital to deliver the best in patient outcomes. Halyard will present the award during the annual IAHCSMM luncheon on Monday, May 4 at 12 p.m.

Source: Halyard Health