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.

Patient Safety Innovation Awards Accepting Nominations

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has announced that the third Annual Patient Safety Innovation Awards are open. The competition encourages entrepreneurs and patient safety advocates to submit innovative products and processes that will significantly improve patient safety and help reach the PSMF’s goal of ZERO preventable patient deaths by 2020. For more information and to apply, visit

The application window for the Patient Safety Innovation Awards ends October 2, 2017. Finalists will be announced in November 2017 and winners will be announced at the 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in February 2018. The proposed innovation can be a new product, process or the novel use of an existing technology or process. Entries will be judged by members of the PSMF’s Board of Directors. The first-prize winner receives $50,000, followed by $25,000 for second prize and $10,000 for third prize.

Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, said, “Through the Patient Safety Innovation Awards, we have been able to provide added impetus to bring forward easily implemented ideas that can make a substantial impact today in reducing preventable hospital deaths. Each and every safety innovation, no matter its size or scope, brings us one step closer to our goal of ZERO deaths by 2020.”



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