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.

IAHCSMM Names 2019 Award Recipients

Through its awards program, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) honors Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) professionals each year who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service in the CS/SP discipline.

Many qualified candidates submitted nominations for the 2019 IAHCSMM Awards. The IAHCSMM Board of Directors carefully reviewed each submission and is pleased to name the following as this year’s award recipients*:

CS Leadership Award

Elizabeth Kanzler, CRCST

Director of Materials Management

Community Health Network

Indianapolis, Ind.


Decontaminator of the Year Award

Sunny Vestal, MS, CST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CER

Regional Manager of Sterile Processing Services

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Temple, Texas


Golden Slipper for Service Excellence Award

Teresa Young, CRCST, CER, BLS

Endoscopy Technician

Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, Ind


Technician Achievement Award

Ellen Mushock, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CER

Certified Registered Medical Supply Technician

Department of Veterans Affairs – Eastern Kansas Health Care System

Topeka, Kan.


Chapter of the Year Award

Large Chapter: Pacific Northwest Chapter Central Service Supply Department Professionals

Medium Chapter: Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM

Small Chapter: Grand Canyon Chapter


*The official presentation of awards will take place during the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo, April 28-May 1, 2019, in Anaheim, California.



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