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.

OR Today’s March Contest

We had some great entries sent in for our “Spring Into Action” contest! Here is our winning submission:

1) Melissa Waibel Guam Surgicenter.  Congratulations to Melissa and her team in Guam!

What is your goal or your team’s goal for 2014?   “Spring Cleaning P&Ps.”

OR Today | March Contest Winner | Guam Surgicenter

Mariam Lamb, Nurse Supervisor, hard at work “spring cleaning” all the P&P’s for the center


Other great entries included:

 Shantel P. – What is your goal or your team’s goal for 2014? “Spring has arrived here at Memorial and we are so excited about the new projects we have begun!  Out with the old and in with the new!”

Emily Lichty from Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital – What is your goal or your team’s goal for 2014? “Clean pans, sharpen and demagnetize our trays.”

Mary Hudock from Holyoke Medical Center – What is your goal or your team’s goal for 2014? “Weekly Cleaning Plans”

Thank you too all who submitted! Look for your chance to win in our OR Today Magazine monthly contests!



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