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Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

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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.

Multi-disciplinary Speakers Bureau Created

Beyond Clean, a sterile processing education and consulting firm, has announced the creation of a Speakers Bureau, a global resource for multi-disciplinary subject matter expertise in the decontamination, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical devices, according to a news release.

“Through the reach of its weekly international podcast, downloaded in over 125 countries around the world, Beyond Clean has developed one of the largest networks of thought-leaders and subject matter experts in the sterile processing field,” the release states. “The Beyond Clean Speakers Bureau will provide perioperative, infection control and sterile processing leaders the opportunity to bring recognized innovators, disruptors and educators into their personal networks and in front of their conference audiences to help their teams #FightDirty across the globe. From international conference settings to regional educational seminars, the Speakers Bureau will provide access to the passion and expertise of these high-quality speakers.”

“At no other time in the history of the medical device reprocessing industry has there been as much regulatory focus from government agencies across the globe or greater attention given from media sources regarding the quality challenges in our hospitals. But the question remains: How will we respond?” explains Hank Balch, Beyond Clean co-founder and principal consultant. “The Beyond Clean Speakers Bureau will help equip health care teams with the tools to fight the war being waged on bioburden in their sterile processing departments – protecting the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and complete strangers who are relying on these teams to get it right, every instrument, every time.”

The web portal allows health care professionals – including hospital leaders, medical device vendors and equipment manufacturers – to request speakers for industry conferences, training seminars or media engagements. The Speakers Bureau currently consists of more than 30 subject matter experts, including sterile processing professionals, surgeons, scientists, engineers, nursing leaders, entrepreneurs and supply chain specialists.

Beyond Clean speakers have participated in numerous conferences and seminars at premier educational and strategic events hosted by industry organizations including the World Sterilization Congress (WFHSS), International Biofilm Summit (IBS), International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Circle of Care (COC) and more.

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