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.

[Sponsored] Webinar Delivers ‘Innovative Information’

The recent OR Today webinar sponsored by BD provided a unique perspective on a common issue.

“Pre-Operative Surgical Hair Removal: An Innovative Operating Room Technology For The 21st Century” was presented by Dr. Charles Edmiston Jr., PhD, SM (ASCP), CIC (CBIC), FIDSA, FSHEA, FAPIC.

In his presentation, Edmiston reviewed the clinical rationale for surgical clipping, guidelines, the association between HAIs and types of hair removal, timing of surgical clipping and issues associated with surgical hair cleanup. He also discussed the rationale and support for vacuum-assisted surgical clipping.

Almost 300 people registered for the webinar with 118 logging in to watch the live presentation. The webinar was well received based on a 4.1rating on a 5-point scale and positive feedback via a post-webinar survey.

“Fabulous and informative webinar,” said M. Pettit, RN.

“Great and relevant topic! Very knowledgeable speaker with great slides,” Surgical Technician B. Wilmeth said.

“The webinar provided published evidence of the problem as well as the resulting injury and bioburden of various interventions,” said J. Sarmanian, MSL.

“It was fantastic and informative. Instructor was very knowledgeable. It helps me keep up with the ever-changing environment. Thanks,” said E. Anderson, RN.

“Excellent webinar … great information that is relevant to our facility,” Specialist One Day Surgery Director R. Cuda said.

“The webinar helped put current clipping standards into historical perspective and bolster the importance of skin antiseptic washing,” Manager of Perioperative Services D. Sayer said.

“Very good webinar pointing out the risks of incorrectly clipping patients and the use of the clip vac in the OR setting,” Infection Preventionist L. Hoogestraat, RN, said.

“Upon completion of the surgical site clipping webinar I feel confident that I can speak to my colleagues about the validity of improving our practice when it comes to clipping patients prior to surgery. I learned a lot of new information about history and infection control that I am very happy to share to encourage others to be vigilant in their own practice improvement,” Senior Surgical Technologist K. Appleby said.

“This was innovative information that I will gladly share with fellow OR colleagues. This appears to be best practice for the patient,” said T. Thomas, RN.

“Great information not only on hair removal but also on the ClipVac! Great webinar for anyone who is involved in hair clipping,” Administrator L. Malinak, RN, said.

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