Thomas Scientific Achieves ISO Certification

Thomas Scientific has successfully completed ISO 9001:2015 Certification for its seven United States facilities as of July 28th, 2021.

2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo: Boost Quality and Safety in SPD, OR & Beyond

Those who attend the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo this October in Columbus, Ohio, will learn from some of the industry’s most renowned and respected experts in the field. Attendees will glean valuable information they can take back to their departments to drive better outcomes for their health care customers and patients who rely on clean, sterile and well-functioning instruments.

3 Questions to Help You Find the Right Anesthesia Machine for Your Facility

Before choosing a new anesthesia system for your practice, make sure you have a firm understanding of the features and specifications that will best suit your unique needs, making it a worthwhile investment for your facility.

Clarifying Scoring in Instrument Handling and Processing

As an infection preventionist (IP) working in the Standards Interpretation Group of the Joint Commission, an important function of my job is to answer infection prevention-related questions from health care organizations.

Webinar Shares Reprocessing Tips

Webinar Shares Reprocessing Tips

The OR Today webinar series continues in 2021. The most recent webinar “Take a Deep Breath: Reprocessing of Laryngoscopes and Bronchoscopes” attracted 268 attendees. It was sponsored by Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) and eligible for one (1) continuing (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

This 60-minute webinar featured Senior Manager of Commercial and Clinical Education Regina Hammond and Senior Clinical Education Consultant Janet Moran. They provided a review of airway devices, including proper handling and associated reprocessing guidelines. The webinar also touched on some of the challenges and options for reprocessing these devices.

This analysis covered the following: define the terms laryngoscope and bronchoscope; identify when and why airway devices are utilized; review common organisms associated with airway devices; and examine reprocessing options for airway devices and discuss the barriers to properly reprocessing airway devices.

Attendees provided feedback via a survey that a question about the OR Today webinar series.

“As a patient safety technician, I train people how to perform HLD. I think this webinar was very informative and really helps visualize the critical points when using equipment and HLD,” said R. Irizarry, DHI patient safety technician.

“Today’s webinar on reprocessing laryngoscopes and bronchoscopes had great information on what we, as sterile processing professionals, need to know. It was eye opening on types of scopes, uses, cleaning methods and different types of equipment that could be used to complete the cleaning, disinfection and sterilizing steps of each scope. Thank you to the presenters and all involved in putting together the information for this webinar,” said L. Hazel, sterile processing supervisor.

“Great presentation and very informative. Excellent for new to field and seasoned sterile processing techs,” said G. Schneider, CSR SPD Tech 3.

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