103 Results for Instrument Reprocessing and Care

When Tabitha Hoffman, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC, recently spoke with the five-person central sterile processing (CSP) staff at WellSpan Health Apple Hill Surgical Center...

Sterile processing leaders understand that efficiency is paramount when it comes to instrument management, and they often look outside the healthcare industry for help....

The sterile processing department (SPD) is the heartbeat of any healthcare facility, and its ability to safely handle and sanitize instruments is key to keeping patients safe...

Every October, National Sterile Processing Week takes place (Oct. 8 to 14 this year). It’s an opportunity for those who care for surgical instruments and equipment to be...

Back in our March issue, we featured an Idea That Works regarding the establishment of nurse specialty leads at WellSpan Apple Hill Surgical Center in York, Pa....

A decade after the CDC, FDA and others first stressed that more attention should be paid to the dangers of improperly reprocessed endoscopes, such errors remain...

There was a time when all surgical power tools had to be handwashed (or, in sterile processing parlance, manually cleaned) because the devices weren’t...

Just how many instruments on the trays in your ORs and procedure rooms are actually necessary?

The shared governance team at Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J., identified a big opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining surgical...

From out-of-date IFUs to inconsistent guideline usage to precleaning variables to poor training and lack of certification, plenty of issues can crop up to negatively...

Infection prevention and sterile processing pros who visit GI centers continue to see the use of inadequate endoscope storage methods that can foster contamination...

Ever investigated just how many of the instruments and entire instrument trays that arrive in your ORs and procedure rooms throughout each day are actually necessary? ...

Organic matter is discovered on critical, regularly used instruments. Do you: a.) Ask sterile processing what happened, or b.) Reach out to your surgical techs...

If your reprocessing techs handle a high volume of complex instrumentation day in and day out, it’s imperative that they take every measure possible to...

A safe and efficient sterile processing department is a cornerstone of every facility’s infection prevention and safety efforts....

When surgeons and nurses with UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., expressed concerns about instrument quality, surgical service materials...

From proper cleaning at the bedside to managing a trying maintenance and repair schedule, properly caring for the surgical instruments your...

Telling your sterile processing technicians to “just follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFUs)” can often be about as helpful as...

Even when endoscopy staff are well-taught and well-trained, accidents happen in what can be fast-paced, high-volume environments at GI centers....

Just because an instrument has been reprocessed doesn’t mean that it’s clean. In some cases, that’s because reprocessing techs are rushing and forced...

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