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Record-breaking Webinar Addresses Bioburden Detection

Biomarker Technologies and Bioburden Detection: Elements to Consider in the Surgical Processing Department

The OR Today webinar “Biomarker Technologies and Bioburden Detection: Elements to Consider in the Surgical Processing Department” broke registration and attendance records. The webinar, presented by Jose Rodriguez, DNP, RN, CCNS, CNOR, and sponsored by Ruhof, was eligible for (1) CE credit. OR Today has been approved and is licensed to be a Continuing Education Provider with the California Board of Registered Nurses, License #16623.

The webinar drew 689 registrations (new record for 2021) with 285 individuals attending the live presentation. The 285 live attendees is also a new record for 2021

Rodriguez, assistant professor for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, discussed the assessment of cleanliness in surgical instruments reprocessing in the webinar. He addressed understanding the negative outcomes of contaminated surgical instruments and described the qualities of an effective point-of-use cleaning detection system. He also discussed using the information learned to determine which system could best meet an organization’s needs.

During a question-and-answer session, Rodriguez replied to the question “With the ATP swabs, how do you account for lumens that are larger or smaller than the swab tip and can’t control with the walls of the lumen?”

“That’s a great question,” Rodriguez said. “Now, I can tell you that for the ones that are large, usually you don’t have much of an issue, if it’s short enough for you to manipulate that swab. I found that the one that Ruhof makes that the design is very good where for you to manipulate where it won’t break. You can go back and forth with it. The best advice I can give you is always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. But I can tell you that the challenging work comes when you’re trying to test less than one millimeter.”

Attendees provided positive feedback via a post-webinar survey that included the question, “How will today’s webinar help you improve in your role?”

“We are a small hospital where the surgical techs perform all the roles – pull the case, do the case, clean the room, clean and sterilize the instruments. This has made me more aware of the vital steps of cleaning before sterilization. We are supposed to remodel our OR next year and will be more active in the choosing of more items to make sure our instruments are actually clean,” said K. Roush, case coordinator, CST.

“Looking at the role that SPD plays in mitigating SSI risk from a processing perspective and utilizing a rapid soil indicator testing protocol to ensure processes are consistently met,” SPD Practice Leader P. Vanni said.

“I will have a better understanding regarding the testing done in SPD to ensure our instruments are safe for the next patient,” said D. Wilken, infection prevention RN.

“Feel more assured we are doing the right thing,” Risk Manager V. Friesen said.

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