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Tips to Boost Sterile Processing Technician Training & Outcomes

Sterile processing (SP) professionals are in high demand these days due to a mix of retirement, transitioning to other career fields and the so called “Great Resignation” that was largely spurred by the pandemic. It’s an eye-opening development and one that should make every health care organization take notice because of an essential fact: the critically important work that takes place in the sterile processing department (SPD) remains and must be performed by well-trained, qualified and dedicated professionals. 

What’s on the Horizon for HDO Sterilization Guidance?

This increased transport distance brings up new concerns and issues that are not already addressed in the transport section of ST79. The goal of this new TIR is to introduce best practice guidance for transporting clean, disinfected, sterilized, and soiled devices across longer distances, including addressing requirements for the transport vehicles used to transport the devices. For regular updates about this developing technical information report, check aami.org.

ASCA Recognizes Physicians for Outstanding Service

During ASCA’s annual conference in Dallas this year, the association recognized two physicians with its 2022 Nap Gary Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community: Thomas M. Deas Jr., MD, and Peter Daly, MD. Both men exemplify the long-standing dedication to the ASC community, leadership qualities and high moral and ethical standards the award was created to recognize. Each also contributed in unique ways to advancing the ASC care model.

Take Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle

Improving your diet, exercising regularly, taking a daily supplement and getting enough restorative sleep are all important steps to overall wellness. Work to incorporate each step into your daily routine until you reach your goal of good health, and find more health-conscious tips at eLivingToday.com. 

Mitsubishi Electric Unveils HealthCam Scanning Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Unveils HealthCam Scanning Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced its HealthCam scanning technology, currently undergoing regulatory review, that performs touchless, line-of-sight monitoring of vital signs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). A working prototype of HealthCam enables individuals to stand in front of the camera scanner and see their current body temperature, respiration rate, blood oxygenation, and heart rate.

HealthCam uses a combination of facial recognition and thermal detection technologies to monitor vitals such as heart rate, blood oxygen level, body temperature and more, as well as other emergencies such as choking, sudden falls or collapsing, abnormal breathing, elder abuse and more. The product can be mounted on walls throughout a home, office building, assisted living facility, apartment building, fitness center, hospital or medical office waiting room, or any other location that will benefit from continuous monitoring of occupants.

“The number of applications for a 24/7 health surveillance system is virtually limitless, especially in helping to save lives among older adults or the infirm, where detected health issues detected in real time can alert medical professionals of an emergency,” said Alan Sullivan, Computer Vision Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL). “With the rapidly emerging trend toward distributed, remote health, HealthCam fills a gap in the marketplace, offering a reliable, non-invasive product that promotes more positive medical outcomes based on early detection of peoples’ health problems through monitoring.”

A prototype of the product will be exhibited via Mitsubishi Electric’s virtual CES exhibit. The initial product roadmap includes residential and commercial versions of HealthCam that will have different capabilities with regard to size of an area beginning scanned, number of simultaneous people being monitored, amount of data gathered and other specifications that pertain to scalability.

“As part of our commitment to building a people-centric smart society, HealthCam fits into our focus on everyday life, with technology that meets people where they are and enables their safety, comfort and good health,” said Zafer Sahinoglu, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Innovation Center (MELIC). “In the not-too-distant future, HealthCam and technology like it will be pervasive and commonplace in the world by gathering and sending secure, private health data to medical professionals when incidents occur.”

Visit the Mitsubishi Electric virtual CES exhibit at ces.mitsubishielectric.com.

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