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Chicago event to deliver SPD professionals vital new knowledge, inspiration

By Julie E. Williamson

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management’s 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, taking place April 26-29 in Chicago, Illinois, will offer a wide range of educational opportunities to help sterile processing (SP) professionals advance their knowledge and professionalism and give their departments a quality and safety boost.

This year’s Conference & Expo theme, “Bringing It Home,” has two notable meanings. Not only is Chicago home of IAHCSMM’s headquarters, the conference’s rich education and speaker lineup and expansive vendor expo will reignite attendees’ passion for the profession by giving them valuable new information and skill sets that they can immediately share and put into action when they go back home to their departments and facilities. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with SP professionals and other industry experts, engage in problem-solving and best practice discussions and discover better ways to meet the evolving needs of their health care customers and improve patient care and safety. Attendees can earn up to 21 continuing education credits to apply toward their recertificaton (and even more CEs can be earned by participating in vendor-provided education during the expo).

Those arriving in Chicago early can participate in pre-conference hands-on labs and workshops Saturday, April 25. Concurrent hands-on labs and workshops are offered to conference registrants at no extra charge. Other pre-conference workshops, including the Educators Forum, Sterile Processing Management Workshop and StrengthFinderTM Workshop, are offered for an additional registration fee and on a space-available basis. Early registration is recommended for the paid pre-conference sessions. Of course, after a day of education and networking, attendees will also have an opportunity to explore some of the world-renowned dining, shopping, entertainment, art and cultural establishments that make the Windy City such a highly sought destination for domestic and international travelers.

What follows is an abbreviated summary of the 2020 Conference & Expo schedule.

For more information and to register, visit

Sunday, April 26

  • 9-10 a.m. – Opening keynote speaker: Jon Dorenbos
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – General Session: Medical Device IFU Validations: What’s Going on behind the Scenes?
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Welcome lunch
  • 1-2 p.m. – Advocacy Program Updates
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Protective Clothing: All Gowns Are Not Created Equal; Leaders Eat Last: Building a Strong Culture through ‘Corp Values’; How Much? What Happened? Costs & Safety of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Communicate! It’s Service Excellence; Identification & Prevention of Surface Alterations on Surgical Instruments Caused by Waterborne Minerals; UDI Panel Presentation; Upping Your Game for Quality Control in SPD and Endoscopy)
  • 7 p.m. – Opening Reception

Monday, April 27

  • 7-8 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions (10 Must-Have Skills for Frontline Central Service Colleagues; other topics TBD)
  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. – A Guide to the Guidelines: Understanding the AORN Guidelines to periOperative Practice
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (Demystifying Standards: AAMI ST79 – A Journey into Newly Released AAMI Standards and TIRs; Washer-Disinfectors: What Goes into a Successful Cycle? Critical Facts: Vaporized H2O2 Low-Temperature Sterilization; Sunday concurrent session video replays)
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (What’s New with AAMI ST91? Have You Heard of the Updates?; Crash Course on Process Monitoring and Testing; Audit and Assess: How to Optimize Your SPD; Endoscope Drying: A Detailed Look at Method Effectiveness and Microbial Levels; Sunday concurrent session video replays)
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Attendee lunch
  • 1-5 p.m. – Vendor Exposition
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Reception

Tuesday, April 28

  • 7-8 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (What Do I Do with These Dental Instruments?; Making the Decision to Go Off-Site)
  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. – Vendor Exposition
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Attendee Boxed Lunches
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Flexible Endoscope Safety: Evidence-based Advocacy for Quality Management
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (AAMI Roundtable: Chamberside Chat; How to Evaluate Strains after Steam Sterilization; The Inside View: Internal Endoscope Anatomy and Its Relationship to Effective Reprocessing; Good Germs Versus Bad Germs: Our Own Microbiome; Monday concurrent session video replays)
  • 4-5 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Partners in Prevention: Building the Bond with Infection Prevention; Is Work/Life Balance a Real Thing?; Biological Indicators: The Key to Uncompromised Patient Safety; The ‘Why’ behind What We Are Required to Do in SPD; Monday concurrent session video replays)

Wednesday, April 29

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. – The Optimal Sterile Processing Department: Blending Technology with Expertise
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. – The Joint Commission Update
  • 11-11:15 a.m. – Closing remarks/Passing of the gavel
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Closing keynote speaker: Steven Pemberton

Julie E. Williamson serves as IAHCSMM’s communications director and editor. She has written hundreds of articles on topics related to central service, surgical services, infection prevention and materials management.



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