Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Get a Fresh Perspective at IAHCSMM 2019

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, taking place April 27-May 1 in Anaheim, California, will deliver a wide range of educational opportunities to help central service/sterile processing (CS/SP) professional broaden their knowledge and give their departmental practices a boost.

This year’s Conference & Expo theme is “A Fresh Perspective.” IAHCSMM is thrilled to bring attendees from across the globe an array of educational sessions taught by a thoughtfully curated cast of industry-leading experts and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the latest technology and innovation in products and services. Attendees will meet fellow CS/SP professionals, engage in problem-solving and best practice discussions and find fresh new ways to meet the needs of their health care customers – and, above all, help ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. Attendees can earn up to 23 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 to Anaheim early can get a jumpstart on their learning by participating in pre-conference hands-on labs and workshops. Concurrent hands-on labs and workshops are offered to conference registrants at no extra charge. Other pre-conference workshops, including the Educators Forum, A Fresh Look at CS Management, and StrengthFinderTM Workshop, are offered for an additional registration fee. All pre-conference education offerings are offered on a space-available basis. Early registration is recommended for the paid pre-conference session.

What follows is an abbreviated summary of the 2019 Conference & Expo schedule.

Sunday, April 28
9-10 a.m. – Opening keynote speaker: Kevin Brown
10:15-11:15 a.m. – General Session: Joint Commission Update
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Welcome lunch
1-2 p.m. – Certification Legislation
2:15-3:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (The Threshold between Success and Failure in CS; Infection Prevention 101; Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization: Riding atop a New Wave)
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (National Ultrasound Survey Reveals Need to Review Probe Reprocessing Policies; Water: The Utility That Makes SPD Work; Designing and Implementing Real Preventive Maintenance Programs)
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Membership meeting
6:30 p.m. – Opening reception

Monday, April 29
7-8 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (AAMI Roundtable Discussions; Unique Device Identifier Panel Discussion; Implementing a Certification-based Sterile Processing Career Ladder at a Regional, Multi-site Health System; Steam Quality and Steam and Water Purity: The Missing Links in Successful Processing)
8:15-9:15 a.m. – Leveraging Scientific Evidence to Improve the Quality of Endoscope Reprocessing
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (How to Pour a Proper Guinness: Everything Has an IFU; AAMI/AORN Standards Update; Reclaiming What’s Lost: Taking Control of Your Endoscope Process)
10:45-11:45 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (Centralizing High-level Disinfection; Training, Competencies, Work Instructions, Policies & Procedures, Oh My; Biofilm Housing Development: Work Surfaces, Devices, Cleaning Equipment)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Attendee lunch
1-5 p.m. – Vendor Exposition
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception

Tuesday, April 30
7-8 a.m. – Concurrent sessions (AAMI Roundtable; You Had a Hand in That; Leadership in CS/SP: From the OR and in between; Surface Changes of Medical Devices: Prevention of Deposits, Discoloration and Corrosion)
8 a.m.-12 p.m. – Vendor Exposition
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Surgical Instruments or Equipment Contamination: Incident Investigation and Material Identification
2:45-3:45 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Sterilization of Flexible Endoscopes; Onsite Sterile Processing vs. Offsite Sterile Processing: A Systematic Approach; Beyond Service: Maintenance of Sterile Processing Equipment)
4-5 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Living with Loaners: The Struggle is Real; Global SPD Trends: What You Can Do with the Data to Make a Difference; A Toolbox for Chemical Management in Sterile Processing

Wednesday, May 1
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Point-of-Use Care and Transport of Contaminated Reusable Items
9:45-10:45 a.m. – View Through a Surgeon’s Eyes
11-11:30 a.m. – Closing remarks
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Closing keynote speaker: Chef Jeff Henderson

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