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

For more information, and to register, visit