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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.

UVC Disinfection Webinar Delivers ‘Excellent Overview’

The most recent OR Today webinar presentation “How St. Francis Hospital Uses UV Disinfection to Provide a Cleaner Health Care Environment” was presented by Eric Grantham and Alice Brewer. The informative session was eligible for one (1) continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

Grantham, Unit Director at Crothall/St. Francis Hospital, and Brewer, Clinical Director of Tru-D SmartUVC, discussed the benefits of UVC disinfection and how it has been implemented and accepted at St. Francis Hospital.

About 100 individuals tuned in for the Halloween afternoon webinar. In a post-webinar survey, attendees had good things to say about the presentation.

“The presentation was spot on. The presenters knew their topic of interest and provided peer-reviewed studies to support the benefits of UV disinfection. The number one benefit of UV disinfection is patient protection from infection; while additional benefits follow like dominos – cost containment, improved patient satisfaction scores, physician engagement/approval scores and cost containment. Environmental Services will see improvements in allocation of both human resources (time spent wiping down OR suites versus UV) and monies directed towards cleaning products. Use of UV disinfection is a win-win,” shared R. Scott, Clinical Educator.

“Excellent overview of the processes implemented, and processes under advisement,” said J. Fine, Infection Preventionist.

“I found it informative, and definitely something to explore further and get clarification about frequency of use at our facility,” said J. Theopolos, RN.

“Great webinar! Thank you again for bringing innovations which are extremely effective in killing bacteria and viruses without exposing harsh chemicals into the environment,” said A. Henke, OR RN Team Lead.

“Very informative! I’m always looking for better ways to clean patient care devices I work on and find it exciting that now a whole room plus the devices in it can be disinfected at the same time! Really appreciate the explanation of how one device was shared in a large facility, and extremely impressed with the notable reductions in patient infections. I’m hoping this technology grows quickly so it becomes less costly and more accessible to the health care systems and public,” said J. McLaughlin, BMET II.

“OR Today provides a great service to all OR RN’s through their interesting, informative and evidenced-based webinars,” said C. Wilson, Interim Perioperative Services Leader.

“Even though I am a current client of Tru-D Smart UVC, I wanted to hear how other hospitals have implemented their program, the barriers they faced and the successes they have seen. This webinar delivered exactly that and helped me with new ideas on how to use Tru-D Smart UVC in our facility in ways we had not yet implemented. I am blown away at the success other hospitals have seen and hope to add to our success soon,” said E. O’Farrell, Infection Prevention Nurse.

For more information, click on the Webinars tab above.

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