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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. 

National Employer Groups to Hospitals and ASCs: Participate in the 2021 Leapfrog Surveys

The Leapfrog Group

Today, every hospital and ASC across the country received a letter signed by four influential national employer groups—the Health Transformation Alliance, ERISA Industry Committee, National Alliance of Health Care Purchaser Coalitions, and the Business Group on Health—requesting their participation in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey.

The organizations represent in total over 12,000 employers with more than 55 million lives. Their collective voice as purchasers sends a strong signal to the health care market of their expectation for high quality, safe care.

“As organizations that speak out for America’s employers, who invest significantly in the health and well-being of employees, we feel that participation in Leapfrog Surveys is vital to achieving real progress towards a safer, higher-quality, more transparent health care system for all,” said Ellen Kelsay, President and CEO of Business Group on Health.

“Our members look forward to consulting results from the Leapfrog Hospital and ASC Surveys to help employees make important decisions about their health care and to inform benefit designs and contracting,” said Lee Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer and GM Medical of Health Transformation Alliance. “Leapfrog gives us critical data on quality and safety employers cannot get anywhere else.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Leapfrog ASC Survey are employer-driven initiatives to collect important information on quality and safety not available from other sources. The Surveys ask hospitals and ASCs about their performance on measures of key importance to employers, like rates of C-sections, never events, pediatrics, practices to prevent medication errors and safety of common surgical procedures. Leapfrog, an independent, employer-driven nonprofit, works with national experts to ensure the use of nationally standardized, evidence-based measures of health care performance and extensively verifies the data submitted before making it publicly available on its website.

Results from the 2021 Surveys will be publicly available this summer; current Survey results can be found at www.ratings.leapfroggroup.org. Free tools for employers, including Leapfrog’s innovative Lives and Dollars Lost Calculator, are available at www.leapfroggroup.org/employers.

View the letter sent to hospitals here and the letter sent to ASCs here.

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