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Webinar Addresses ‘Hot Topic’

The recent OR Today webinar “Human Factors and Quality Testing for Device Reprocessing” was sponsored by Healthmark and eligible for one (1) continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

The 60-minute webinar featured Jahan Azizi, special projects manager at Healthmark Industries. Azizi discussed the best practices for testing defective equipment and instruments that can’t be easily visually inspected. He shared how to ensure a leak tester is working properly, and that electro-surgery equipment has proper insulation and continuity.

The webinar was well attended with 142 individuals participating in the live presentation and even more have viewed a recording of the webinar online. Attendees shared positive feedback in a post-webinar survey including a 4.0 rating on a 5-point scale.

Attendees also shared positive comments via the survey.

“This was a great webinar discussing human error when reprocessing instruments – it was interesting to hear the differences of opinion of those in the audience and see such discrepancy,” said K. Acree, Infection Preventionist.

“The Webinar was extremely well put together, educational, relevant to what I do. Knowledgeable presenter. I liked the poll questions as it gave me insight into what others are doing,” said P. Conklin, ICP.

“It’s refreshing to hear an OR perspective on how certain RME (re-useable medical equipment) needs to be intricately processed over others due to the special components involved. This may take more than just the SPS department’s expertise in processing and may have to include all parties (OR, SPS and manufacturers) to articulate and provide vital input to ensure the most successful process. We want to provide the most effective process for all RME for all patients’ procedures to guarantee quality care,” said S. Cross, RME Coordinator/SPS Educator.

“Up-to-date, relevant information, well-informed speaker, informative slides, easy access to webinar and easy evaluation via email,” said P. Burton, Clinical Manager.

“This is a HOT topic in the arena of endoscope reprocessing. The speaker discussed some relevant points that I have not seen in other presentations. Great information provided,” said C. Wahinehookae, Endoscopy Charge RN.

“This webinar was very beneficial. I feel it should be a mandatory webinar for our surgical techs, CSPD staff and any staff that cross train into CSPD,” said J. Nelson, Clinical Care Leader Surgery.

“Thoroughly enjoyed the webinar. The material presented was interesting and had me think up some new projects to present,” said A. Potchak, Matls Management Coordinator.

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