By Julie E. Williamson

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) recognizes that today’s sterile processing (SP) professionals are seeking continuing education and knowledge-building opportunities that suit their busy lifestyles and meet their unique learning preferences.

To help meet those needs, IAHCSMM continues to add to its arsenal of education- and professional-based offerings. On October 15, 2019, IAHCSMM unveiled its new podcast series called “PROCESS THIS!” Hosted by IAHCSMM Clinical Education Specialist Jon Wood, each podcast episode features in-depth interviews of industry professionals and experts whose messages will focus on specific processes that move us forward as professionals, as departments, as health care facilities and as an industry. The introductory podcast, released during International Central Service Week, peels back the layers of the many physical and mental processes that must work in tandem to help ensure SP professionals deliver exceptional service and contribute to positive patient outcomes. “PROCESS THIS!” episodes can be accessed on the IAHCSMM website and streamed on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Each episode is worth 0.5 continuing education (CE) credits and a new episode of “PROCESS THIS!” will be released twice a month.

Another recent addition is the year-round IAHCSMM mobile app. Those who attended the IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo the past two years are likely already familiar with the conference app that they downloaded onto a mobile phone or tablet, but now the app is available 365 days a year and offers a host of valuable information, right at users’ fingertips. Through the mobile app, users can now access their IAHCSMM account information, online education, Annual Conference & Expo info and much more. The app may be downloaded from the app store on their mobile device (those who downloaded the app at the 2019 conference only need to open it again to access the year-round version).

These two latest offerings come on the heels of other recent additions that have proven invaluable to SP professionals. Last year, the IAHCSMM introduced its educational webinars, and the library – which currently includes 23 webinars – continues to grow. The webinars cover diverse topics along three learning tracks: employee training, employee enrichment and management.

Topics range from basic instrument inspection to the role of the CS department in infection prevention to understanding and developing a competency program and much more. The webinars may be used for general SP learning or for continuing education that can be applied toward certification renewals (completion of any IAHCSMM webinar provides 1 CE credit). Additional webinars are slated for release by the end of 2019 and all are free for IAHCSMM members. The cost is only $15 for SP professionals who are non-members/certified only.

For more information and direct access to IAHCSMM’s educational offerings, including the webinars, online lesson plans, publications, courses, and Envision staff training videos, visit www.iahcsmm.org/education.