Beyond Clean Podcast

Justin Poulin

Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right.

All Episodes

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Why Are Your Loaner Trays Late?." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Nov 27

2 min 37 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the touchy (but necessary) topic of peer accountability -- "The problem is that when we bring this general cultural concept of politeness into a specific context such as sterile processing, it can slowly pull individuals and teams down into the dangerous sea of tunnel vision where no one cares to see what anyone else is doing, even if the behaviors are leading to inefficiencies, higher costs, and potential patient harm." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty

Nov 25

5 min 47 sec

It wouldn't really be Sterile Storage Wars if we didn't discuss the inter-department battles for space that so often happen in our hospitals. Who really owns the Sterile Core in your OR? Who gets to decide how your L&D instrument storage is organized? On this final episode of Season 14, we sit down with Monique Albornoz, Principal at Clinical 5S Space Innovations to discuss the best way forward when storage space is a shared space in your facility. Who stocks it? Who pulls supplies from it? In whose department does the physical location reside? In short, who owns it? Tune in for real stories of how these decisions can be made without setting off cultural landmines or alienating the customer base you are seeking to serve through your Sterile Processing services. We know you'll enjoy this practical wrap up to a record-breaking Season 14 of Beyond Clean! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.  For access to this CE quiz and over 250 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Nov 22

41 min 37 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "The Special Talents of Enzymes." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Nov 20

2 min 31 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the common excuses SPD gets from vendors and what should be done about it -- "Our roles as medical device reprocessors is to uphold standards and best practices to ensure adequate time is available and compliant processes are followed as it relates to vendor instrumentation. The fact that Dr. Johnson forgot to tell you about a case should not mean we are now pressured to cut corners and ignore manufacturer instructions for use to expedite a loaner tray for patients under our care. One breakdown in the process should not lead to another." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty

Nov 18

5 min 45 sec

What has four wheels, no brakes, and saves lives? That's right, surgical case carts! These stainless steel superheroes are the unsung workhorses of the Sterile Processing department, and even though they only hold supplies for a short amount of time, they are a critical aspect of high functioning sterile storage workflows. On this episode 7 of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak with William (Bill) Filipponi, Director Sterile Processing at North Kansas City Hospital and member of the Beyond Clean Advisory Group (BCAG) about the unique way surgical case carts move sterile goods from our departments -- to the patient -- and back again. Case cart programs impact everything from on-time case starts to turnovers, and point-of-use compliance to off-site transportation. Tune in for this insider's discussion on building a case cart workflow worth bragging about!  This is a great episode to pull your materials management & OR teams in for a collaborative discussion around making the best out of these rolling storage superstars! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.  For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Nov 15

35 min 44 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Material Compatibility: When In Doubt Check the IFU." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Nov 13

2 min 18 sec

Renovating a Sterile Processing department while effectively keeping up with surgical volumes is not an easy task- some may even call it impossible! On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Mark Munroe, VP of Strategic Projects and Mobile Solutions, about the STERIS Mobile Sterile Processing Unit- a 53-foot trailer that transforms into a state-of-the-art mobile Sterile Processing Department. If you’re looking for a solution that will reduce the risk of contamination, keep surgery at the expected volumes throughout a renovation initiative, and potentially save time and money on construction, you’re going to want to tune in now!   Follow STERIS Healthcare Products on LinkedIn, Visit STERIS University to Earn FREE CEs, and learn more about the STERIS Mobile Sterile Processing Unit by visiting steris.com/mobileSPD.  #VendorSpotlight #STERIS #SterileProcessing #Mobile #MobileFleet #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #Workflow #Productivity #HospitalRenovation #Safety #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS #MDR #SPS #Surgery #ASHRAE 

Nov 12

33 min 41 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the three angles of looking at a problem -- "The best way to describe the Triangle of Truth is that it acts as a filter to enable anyone from frontline technicians to department leaders and administrators to quickly pinpoint root causes for certain issues in sterile processing." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty

Nov 11

6 min 9 sec

The hallways are quite(r). The phone calls are few(er). But the time is also short(er) to get everything in and out of sterile storage for those critical first cases which will be starting in just a few hours. Will your SPD & OR team be prepared? What are the unique challenges faced by our teams when the sun goes down and 3rd shift is clocking in? On this episode 6 of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak with Dannie O Smith, Sterile Processing professional, night-shifter, educator, and illustrator about the complex workflow that occurs when the rest of us are sleeping. Most of our facilities have something going on during these midnight hours, but you may not have a good idea of exactly what that is or what it has to do with your sterile storage area. Tune in to this fast moving interview with Dannie Smith to find out the secret life of surgical trays...after dark! We hope you can join us! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.  For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Nov 8

35 min 22 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Vendors and Hospitals: Time for a Fresh Start." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Nov 6

2 min 15 sec

When it comes to safe surgical devices, if you are not certain it’s clean, it doesn’t matter what you do next, and your surgical patients could be at risk. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we speak with Debbie Armstrong and Dr. Augusto Sorrequieta, PhD. at Terragene, an innovative new company about the Perfect Wash Control System - a complete and automated cleaning monitoring system designed to react to all critical parameters in washer-disinfector cycles. For an accurate and convenient method of routine control and an assurance of disinfection in your mechanical washers, every cycle, every time, press play to listen now!  Learn more by visiting www.terragene.com or contact Debbie and  Augusto by e-mailing info@terragene.com. Follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/terragenesa), LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/terragene), and Instagram (instagram.com/terragene.tg).  #VendorSpotlight #Terragene #SterileProcessing #Washer #Disinfection #Sterilization #Assurance #PatientSafety #QualityOfCare #ProcessMonitoring #Safety #Productivity #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CSSD #SPS #Surgery #MDR

Nov 5

38 min 52 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the seven key steps to making changes in Sterile Processing departments stick -- "We see something is not working and then we tell the people around us that we need to do it differently. This process is repeated again and again until we are surrounded by a fog of ambiguous changes that aren’t written down anywhere, haven’t been thoroughly vetted to ensure they are the best possible improvement for the situation, weren’t properly educated, were implemented on a random Thursday night, and are failing miserably. There is a better way." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty

Nov 4

6 min 19 sec

You won't last very long in the Sterile Processing industry if you're not a "clean freak," but do you have to be a "neat freak" too? How important is it to stay organized when creating (and keeping) an excellent sterile storage area in your department? What are the keys to ensuring anyone on your team can find a medical device once you place it on a shelf? On episode 5 of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak with Alessandra Nicholson, Sterile Processing leader and educator about creating structure and organization in the critical stage of medical device storage. Whether you are naturally neat or majorly messy, we've got some terrific insights in this interview to help you draw the line when it comes to storage best practice that actually works for you (and your patients). When the Operating Room needs it "now," you owe it to your team to make it as easy as possible to find it! We hope you can join us! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.  For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Nov 1

42 min 34 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Ditch the Pipe Cleaners in the Decontamination Department." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Oct 30

2 min 16 sec

Occasionally, you interact with a family-owned business with a dream to carry their product solutions from a regional level to a national level. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Brad Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Stat-Tech Surgical Supply Company, family-owned business, about their vision to offer storage and shelving, stackable plastic bins, cart covers, case carts, and enclosed cabinets that meet specific needs of a Sterile Processing department. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for storage and transportation solutions and exclusive tri-state area pricing country-wide, you’re going to want to tune in now!  Visit www.stattechsurgical.com, email info@stattechsurgical.com, or call 973-227-0031 to learn more about Stat Tech Surgical Supply Company solutions and connect on LinkedIn for company updates.  #VendorSpotlight #SterileStorage #SterileTransport #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #StatTech #OneStopShop #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS  #MDR  #SPS  #Surgery  

Oct 29

30 min 33 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch relates how documented competencies for Sterile Processing Technicians is a matter of life and death -- "Facilities and leaders who are willing to short-circuit employee competency checks are showing that they actually do not believe the work being done in the SPD is all that complex or even important. Actions speak louder than words, and inconsistent or shallow competency checks in sterile processing say we aren’t really serious about patient safety in our departments." #sterileprocessing #safetyfirst #wefightdirty

Oct 28

5 min 56 sec

Perhaps the Number ONE driving force for sterile storage upgrades in Sterile Processing departments is the issue of regulatory compliance. But just checking boxes so you don't get cited by the Joint Commission or DNV should NOT be the ultimate end goal (as important as those things are). On episode 4 of our already record breaking (!) Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak with Candice Kauffman, Sterile Processing Manager at UC Health and member of our new Beyond Clean Advisory Group about building sterile storage areas into real centers of excellence. Tune in to hear why this area is such an epicenter of regulatory focus, and learn about all the little things that make a big impact on hardwiring real compliance into every shelf, rack, and package. Whether you are a technician frustrated with storage issues in your hospital, or a leader preparing for an upcoming accreditation survey, you'll walk away from this interview inspired to go above and beyond the storage status quo! We hope you can join us! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.  For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Oct 25

31 min 49 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Respect Your Water." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Oct 23

2 min 17 sec

When it comes to adding space, a hospital has two options: move to a new building and renovate, which can completely disrupt staff operation, or use the current space and invest in a more space-efficient storage system. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Ian Loper from DSI about an integrated, high-density storage system that can meet all the safe and efficient sterile storage and transportation needs of your facility. If you’re interested in an efficient healthcare storage system that will increase employee productivity, decrease the cost of labor, and increase bottom-line savings, you’re not going to want to miss this!  Visit www.DSIdirect.com to learn more or e-mail iloper@DSIDirect.com. Follow Ian and the rest of the DSI team on LinkedIn. #VendorSpotlight #SterileStorage #SterileTransport #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #DSI #EmployeeRetention #Safety #BlueWrap #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS #MDR #SPS #Surgery #CaseCarts #NoTear #Shelving #EmployeeSafety #SupplyChain #AAMI

Oct 22

36 min 51 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch invites us to pause and consider the impact of technology on the value of Sterile Processing Technicians: "Department leaders cannot afford to simply open the floodgates of technology into their departments without judicious consideration of the men and women behind the machines. We owe it to our people to tap the technological brakes every now and then to consider how to best improve our industry while not losing our humanity at the same time..." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty

Oct 21

6 min 6 sec

Who checks your case carts before the OR opens them for first cases? Who responds to the room when a surgeon needs to speak with someone "ASAP!" Who ensures critical inventory is easily located and accessible throughout the surgical day? On episode 3 of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak with Bobby Parker, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CER, Clinical Manager at Beyond Clean about the awesome impact SPD/OR Liaisons can have on a facility's sterile storage workflow. Tune in to hear how this role can change culture, improve processes, and even take your department to the pinnacle of industry recognition & success. If you have challenges finding trays, communicating priorities to & from the Operating Room, and building high levels of trust with your Sterile Processing customers, grab a notebook and listen up for this one! You'll be glad you did!   Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub    #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Oct 18

38 min 28 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "What Are The Different Phases Of A Sterilization Cycle?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Oct 16

1 min 57 sec

When it comes to sterile storage, disorganization can cost a lot of money in inefficiencies and case delays, especially when critical trays are hard to find. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Phillip Van Gorp, President of Belintra Med IT and Storage Solutions about SMART-FOLD* STERISYSTEM®, a two-touch tray storage and transport solution, installed by Sterile Processing subject matter experts, that helps ensure sterility and provides a comprehensive, economical solution to common storage and transport challenges in Sterile Processing. If you’re searching for more space or your staff has a difficult time finding the trays needed by the Operating Room quickly, you’re going to want to tune into this interview!  For a no-cost, on-site assessment and to learn more about the SMART-FOLD* STERISYSTEM®, visit Halyardhealth.com/storage-solutions #VendorSpotlight #SterileStorage #SterileTransport #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #Belintra #Halyard #Sterisystem #BlueWrap #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS  #MDR  #SPS  #Surgery  

Oct 15

41 min 16 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the menagerie of items being sterilized in surgical instrument trays and the reasons they should be left out. "Because they have no validation and no IFUs, they have no place in our sterilizers or on our sterile storage shelves, and definitely no place touching our patients." Tune in to hear what surprising items show up on the list! #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #safetyfirst #sterilization

Oct 14

7 min 35 sec

There's no such thing as a static Sterile Storage area. Instruments are constantly moving in and moving out of the space. But that's not the only kind of transition that happens with this critical inventory step. As we continue with Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we asked Juanita Burrell, Manager of Sterile Processing for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago to join us for Episode 2 to discuss her story of transitioning from a cramped, challenged storage space to something of Sterile Processing dreams. Tune in to hear how she took her staff complaints and got the ear of her C-Suite to secure the support and investment necessary to take her storage to the next level. If you're tired of hitting that proverbial brick wall for budget approvals and can't take another day of working out of a storage "closet," this is an episode worth forwarding to your favorite Director, VP, or CFO...! Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Oct 11

39 min 38 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Daily Practice With Manual Cleaning Tools". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Oct 9

2 min 4 sec

What do flexible endoscopes and poultry have in common? I think many would be surprised to learn that the chemical used to make these two very different things safe is the commonality. Peracetic acid is used in hospitals for high-level disinfection and liquid chemical sterilization and in the foodservice industry to disinfect meat products. The difference is in the dose and on this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with David Hilliker, President and CEO of ChemDAQ Inc., about a chemical that is designed to kill and a brand new Peracetic Acid sensor, Steri-Trac 2 and 2+ that can help keep you safe. If you've been wondering how to  ensure worker safety around these toxic chemicals during medical device reprocessing, we've got the answer right here. Tune in now to find out!  Learn more by visiting the ChemDAQ website, contacting them via e-mail and look for educational information and ask questions directly on LinkedIn and Facebook.  #ChemicalSafety #ChemDAQ #OSHA #Safety #Risk #OffGassing #PeraceticAcid #PAA #SteriTrac #ChemicalMonitoring #VendorSpotlight #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS #MDR #SPS #Surgery 

Oct 8

46 min 36 sec

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the often overlooked and undocumented occurrence of used sharps being sent to SPD--"If a hospital would document a near miss or injury to a doctor due to a disposable sharp that was not properly disposed of, the same should be true for a decontaminator... All members of the perioperative continuum of care, regardless of their title, deserve the same level of protection from and follow-up to the dangers of contaminated sharps." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #safetyfirst #incidentreporting

Oct 7

6 min 4 sec

How would you describe Sterile Storage to someone fresh off the street? What are those core fundamentals that every Sterile Processing technician, vendor, and visitor needs to know (or remember) about this crucial stage of the device reprocessing workflow? On this episode 1 kickoff of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we sit down with Randalyn Walters, Sterile Processing advocate and Corporate Educator with SpecialtyCare, to lay the groundwork for this season's educational theme. Tune in to hear Randalyn's insights as an experienced educator on one of the most important rooms in our Sterile Processing department. Grab your new technicians, favorite vendor reps, and old timers who need a refresher for this season premiere episode!  Season 14 episodes are individually approved for 1 CE, so once you finish this interview, you can download your CE certificate immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 230 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE #SterileStorageWars #Season14

Oct 4

46 min 35 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Millions Of Bubbles". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Oct 2

2 min 27 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines how better practices and safety can be achieved by a simple case cart lock--"The broad implications of an unassuming disposable case cart lock can have a dramatic impact on any number of sterile processing teams around the country. Locks can streamline your case picking and missing list identification. They can promote accountability and trust among OR and SPD teams. Ultimately, they can provide a greater measure of safety and integrity to the patient care process..." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #casecartlocks #lockitdown

Sep 30

6 min 23 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "The Myths and Science of Detergent Performance". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Sep 25

2 min 22 sec

In this episode of Beyond Clean Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about the lessons we can be learn from the mistakes we make, instead of trying to hide them from each other. -- "We keep our error data to ourselves. We track different metrics, we use different targets, and for the love of all that is professional -- we keep the quality challenges in-house. What this means is that we have those damned silo walls so freaking high around our departments that only someone with a lot of nerve and a grappling hook could ever climb in and see what is actually going on in our facility. In the meantime, individual Sterile Processing departments across the country may be struggling with the exact same quality challenges (or completely different ones) and we would have no idea. There could be systemic "crashes" happening at 50 other facilities in the US due to insufficient inspection of aspirating needles, and our own department could be completely oblivious to it..." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #errors #database

Sep 23

4 min

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Is the Annual PM Performed by my Sterilizer Technician, the Same as a Validation?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Sep 18

2 min 14 sec

Event-related and time-related sterility are hot topics in healthcare settings, and rightfully so! These two concepts have different meanings along with very different implications for the practices in your facility.  On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Donna McLaughlin CRCST, CSPDT, CFER and Barbara Ann Harmer, Vice President of Clinical Services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC about real life examples of how event-related sterility impacts workflow and the importance of having a consistent policy to follow within the Sterile Processing department.  Learn more by visiting OneTray’s website, contacting them via e-mail and look for educational information and ask questions directly on LinkedIn and Facebook.   #VendorSpotlight #RigidContainer #PackagingSystem #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #ONETRAY #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty #SPD #CS  #MDR  #SPS  #Surgery 

Sep 17

40 min 39 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about his personal experience with whether or not time served merits someones opinions about the industry are valid -- "All this being said, I do believe that the closer our industry moves toward rewarding merit & speed first and foremost, the more of it we will see in our frontline technicians, leaders, and innovators. The more we listen to new voices and outside perspectives, the better equipped our industry will become to handle the changing world around us..."   #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #spdopinions #experience

Sep 16

2 min 38 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Brush Styles: Why Have Them and What Do They Do?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Sep 11

2 min 5 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about how creating and saving content could be a valuable way to spend time during the pandemic -- "The pandemic is already upon us. In addition to staying safe yourself, you should be thinking about all the moments in the past year that you told yourself you just don't have time to write, think, or record content about #SterileProcessing."   #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #contentbank #covidlessons

Sep 9

5 min 23 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Ultrasonic Checklist". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Sep 4

1 min 57 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch looks what lessons can be learned from the the recent pandemic about how we can engage with our customers -- "The good news is that social media provides us with an engaging, safe, and potentially viral (in a good way!) platform to continue to educate and connect the Perioperative and Sterile Processing industries." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #covidlessons

Sep 2

4 min 40 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Can My Detergent Kill Germs?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Aug 28

2 min 21 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch looks at the practice of double-stacking trays inside the automated washer and dangers associated with this practice -- "At the end of the day, this is not just about compliant processes. Ignoring the basic science of cleaning, turning a blind eye to nationally recognized industry recommendations, and shrugging off manufacturer instructions for use is not an option that’s available to you as a Sterile Processing professional — just to keep the surgeries churning in your operating room suites..." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #followifus #donotstack

Aug 26

4 min 47 sec

Managers come, managers go. Does your Sterile Processing team maintain your momentum through these leadership transitions, or are you left reeling with unfinished projects, unenforced policy changes, and broken accountability? On this final episode 8 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with Michael Compton, CRCST, CHL, Sterile Processing leader and experienced interim manager and director to discuss the challenges and opportunities around that critical transition period when new leaders step in and old leaders step out. Tune in to hear Michael's insights on strategy, collaboration, and change management during this down-to-earth conversation. No matter your SPD role, you WILL experience a leadership transition during your career -- make sure you're prepared to make the best out of it. We hope you can join us!   Season 13 of Beyond Clean released under the 1 Episode = 1 CE delivery model, so once you finish this interview, you can get your 1 CE credit immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 220 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub  #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE

Aug 23

39 min 32 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Can I Validate Just One of My Autoclaves?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net Until next time, keep fighting dirty! #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast

Aug 21

2 min 3 sec

Are bigger hospitals safer than smaller hospitals when it comes to surgical instrument reprocessing?  The answer may surprise you... On this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank examine this question and gives some insight into the industry as a whole. "I would say that it is a shame how little patients actually know about the surgical instrument quality issues they may be walking into for their surgeries. But it's more than a shame. It's a damn shame, and there is nothing truly informed about their consent when patients don't know they may go under rusty knives and dirty scopes." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #instrumentcleaning #patientsafety

Aug 19

3 min 28 sec

You would assume if someone called you or showed up at your department door with a product for you to buy, they'd have a good idea about what Sterile Processing entails, right? ....right? Do vendors in our industry have their own orientation and onboarding like we do? On this episode 7 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with Brett Norton, VP of Operations at Beyond Clean and long-time Sterile Processing vendor to discuss the importance of vendor education in our industry. Tune in to hear Brett's insights on the value YOU can provide to vendors by sharing your own experiences and some tips on getting a hold of the right people when you need product-related questions answered. Grab your favorite sales rep and join this week's conversation!   Season 13 of Beyond Clean is releasing under the 1 Episode = 1 CE delivery model, so once you finish this interview, you can get your 1 CE credit immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 200 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub    #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE

Aug 16

49 min 38 sec

On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "The Blame Game" To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828     Do you know a #SterileProcessing expert who you'd love to hear from on our series? Or do you have a question for one of our current experts? Contact us at any time via email at: info@beyondclean.net   Until next time, keep fighting dirty!   #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #ExpertSeries #Podcast 

Aug 14

2 min 8 sec

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the strange practice of failed washer tests, and our response to them.  Why aren't we recalling these loads? "... when we turn our gaze back to decontamination, we appear to give lip service to our own mantras and then shrug off verification failures as if sterilizers can overcome what we never really got clean." #sterileprocessing #wefightdirty #automatedwashers #recallloads

Aug 12

4 min 10 sec

You've probably heard terms like "critical water" and "reverse osmosis" thrown around in inservices and certification textbooks in your Sterile Processing department. But do you have a real grasp of what kind of technology and processes go into treating the water that is used to wash, rinse, and create steam to sterilize your surgical instruments? On this episode 6 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with Jeff Holland, Director of Health Sciences at Evoqua Water Technologies to discuss the machines that take our department water to the next level of quality. Tune in to hear Jeff share his passion for producing safe water for safe surgical instrument reprocessing and get inspired to ask more questions about your current department water program to ensure it's getting all the special treatment it deserves. We hope you enjoy the show!   Season 13 of Beyond Clean is releasing under the 1 Episode = 1 CE delivery model, so once you finish this interview, you can get your 1 CE credit immediately by passing the short quiz linked below each week.    For access to this CE quiz and over 200 other free CE credits, visit our CE Credit Hub: http://www.beyondclean.net/ce-credit-hub    #BeyondClean #SterileProcessing #Podcast #CE

Aug 9

41 min 24 sec