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NewSplash Archive – April 2021

Issue 17 – 4/27

Instrument Cleaning 101: Back to Basics by Mary Olivera
Sterile processing professionals (SPs) have long been at the frontlines of protecting patients from cross-contamination from used operating instruments and other hospital equipment, but their intimate knowledge of virus transmissions risks, decontamination techniques, and processing protocol has never been as critical as it is during the age of coronavirus. SPs already follow an array of strict guidelines established by regulatory, governmental, and accrediting agencies, as well as standards from state agencies and their own facility’s protocol when cleaning, reassembling, and sterilizing operating instruments prior to the next procedure. There is no time like a pandemic to review, refresh, and even strengthen sterile processing protocol to protect patients, doctors, and other hospital professionals.

Study illuminates how COVID-19 worms its way into the brain
New research offers an up-close view of how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to the brain. The study helps explain the alarming array of neurological symptoms reported in some patients with COVID-19, as well as why some patients suffer severe neurological effects while others experience none at all.

Hepatitis C drugs multiply effect of antiviral drug remdesivir on COVID-19
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Texas at Austin have discovered that combining the antiviral drug remdesivir with four drugs used to treat hepatitis C render remdesivir 10 times more effective in treating cells infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

FDA authorizes marketing of device to facilitate muscle rehabilitation in stroke patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized marketing of a new device indicated for use in patients 18 and older undergoing stroke rehabilitation to facilitate muscle re-education and for maintaining or increasing range of motion. The Neurolutions IpsiHand Upper Extremity Rehabilitation System (IpsiHand System) is a brain-computer-interface (BCI) device that assists in rehabilitation for stroke patients with upper extremity—or hand, wrist, and arm—disability.

Researchers make advances toward oral insulin administration
Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan, have found that DNP peptide, a small intestine-permeable cyclic peptide originally used as an insulin additive to improve absorption into the small intestinal, lowers blood glucose levels in mice. They also found that insulin can be administered orally by simply adding D-form DNP peptide (D-DNP) peptide to injectable insulin used in clinical practice.

Registration now open for APIC 2021 Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the APIC 2021 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, June 28–30. For those who are unable or unwilling to attend the live conference, there is the option to register for a virtual conference.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
IAHCSMM has announced details for the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Because of the pandemic, IAHCSMM is offering attendees the choice to attend the conference in person or virtually.

Beyond Clean Season 12
This week’s guest, Gordon Allan, decontamination services department manager at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in the U.K., discusses the role that corrective action and punishment play in sterile processing. Gordon gives his perspective on balancing quality services with the growth of technician expertise, and discusses specific tools that leaders should be using to learn from department processing errors.

 

Issue 16 – 4/20

Got Mentors? Part 1 of 3 by Sarah B. Cruz
“The best way to learn is through experience. The second best way is learning from other peoples’ experiences.” This quote from Amy Porterfield has stayed with me since the first time I heard it more than three years ago. Not a long time, I know, but this quote finally gave me words to define what having a mentor means. I finally have a way to define all the professional expertise bequeathed upon me, more than 10 years into my central sterile career. I call it being a late bloomer; my mentor calls it being stubborn. Tomāto, tomäto.

CDC announces COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for anyone 16 and older
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that everyone in the U.S. 16 years of age and above is now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of life-threatening complications from COVID-19 should be prioritized.

The British variant is 45% more contagious than the original virus
A new study at Tel Aviv University found that the British variant (termed B.1.1.7) of COVID-19 is 45% more contagious than the original virus. The researchers relied on data from about 300,000 PCR tests for COVID-19 obtained from the COVID-19 testing lab, which was established in collaboration with the Electra Group.

Robotics startup Vicarious Surgical raises $425M to take on giants
Vicarious Surgical raised money from Silicon Valley leaders in its early years, securing cash from the investors including the founders of Microsoft, Salesforce, Yahoo, and a fund created by the former CEO of Google. An FDA breakthrough status followed late in 2019, but Vicarious continued to say little publicly about its technology.

Pfizer CEO announces third dose of vaccine likely necessary within 12 months
The CEO of Pfizer, Alert Bourla, announced that those who received the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine will likely require a booster dose within 12 months of being fully vaccinated. Because the degree of protection offered by the vaccine in the long term is undetermined, patients may require annual vaccinations.

Registration now open for APIC 2021 Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the APIC 2021 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, June 28–30. For those who are unable or unwilling to attend the live conference, there is the option to register for a virtual conference.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
IAHCSMM has announced details for the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Because of the pandemic, IAHCSMM is offering attendees the choice to attend the conference in person or virtually.

Beyond Clean Season 12
This week’s guest is Bob Marrs, BA, ST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, vice president of organizational development at Beyond Clean. Bob is a long-time industry educator, speaker, advocate, and IAHCSMM Award of Honor recipient for lifetime achievement in sterile processing. The discussion focuses on how to build a career in sterile processing, and the keys to earning the trust of your customers and respect of your peers.

 

Issue 15 – 4/13

O’ Standards, Where Art Thou? Vendors, Users, and Hard Questions about the State of Sterile Processing by Hank Balch
I would say that I hesitated to write this article, but that would only be a half-truth. Part of me has no hesitation whatsoever asking questions that I honestly do not know the answers to. The other part, however, is the one that knows I’m about to poke the proverbial bear and touch a sacred cow that a great many of my industry friends, peers, and mentors have given the better part of their careers to improve. With that transparent admission out in front, I ask that you read this article with grace and a measure of understanding that this is my experience, and my opinion, with which you can disagree without getting angry or upset at me for raising the questions.

Now, who wants to know what all this is about?

CDC, FDA recommend pause for Jonson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint statement recommending a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while they investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

FDA issues emergency use authorization for the Symbiotica COVID-19 Self-Collected Antibody Test System
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Symbiotica COVID-19 Self-Collected Antibody Test System, the first antibody test authorized for use with home-collected dried blood spot samples. Samples collected at home are then sent to a Symbiotica, Inc. laboratory for analysis.

COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from live donors
Doctors in Japan have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from live donors to a woman whose lungs were severely damaged from COVID-19. The donors are the woman’s husband and son, who donated parts of their lungs.

FDA authorized marketing of first device that uses artificial intelligence to help detect potential signs of colon cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized marketing of the GI Genius, the first device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) based on machine learning to assist clinicians in detecting lesions (such as polyps or suspected tumors) in the colon in real time during a colonoscopy.

Registration now open for APIC 2021 Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the APIC 2021 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, June 28–30. For those who are unable or unwilling to attend the live conference, there is the option to register for a virtual conference.

IAHCSMM announces board of director election results
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) recently held elections for four board of director positions.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
IAHCSMM has announced details for the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Because of the pandemic, IAHCSMM is offering attendees the choice to attend the conference in person or virtually.

Beyond Clean Season 12
On this episode, Beyond Clean chats with Marilyn Burns, RN, BS, CNOR, about all things education, learning, and how people interact with information in the clinical setting. Marilyn is the principal of MMBG Consulting, director portfolio advisor-surgical services at Premier Inc., and she spent many years as the director of clinical affairs at Medical Education at Symmetry Surgical.

 

Issue 14 – 4/6

How Continuing Education Can Help You in More Ways Than You Think by Rebecca Kinney
Have you ever watched the movie Wayne’s World? Let’s revisit a scene in the classic movie.

Garth: Are you gonna marry her?
Wayne: Garth! Marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.

We can also re-create the scene in a sterile processing (SP) setting.

Manager: Are you done with your CEs for the year?
Technicians: Continuing education is certification punishment in some companies.

We can all relate. We put off getting our CEs for the year or we attend the umpteenth in-service and forget to follow-up and get the certificate we need because our shift is over. Then, suddenly, our CEs are due in five days and it’s crunch time, so we mindlessly watch the same 10 videos as last year because they are free and we are pretty confident we already know the quiz answers. We learn absolutely nothing at all while continuing to marathon-watch our favorite show on Netflix on full volume, with the audio and education video on volume .5 so we don’t miss the prompt to endure the next monotonous slide show. Admit it, you’ve been there, done that.

COVID-19 mask study finds layering, material choice matter
Wearing a face mask can protect yourself and others from COVID-19, but the type of material and how many fabric layers used can significantly affect exposure risk, finds a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Pfizer says trial shows vaccine is safe and effective for adolescents
Data from a recent clinical trial shows that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, producing robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year-olds. The companies will now seek U.S. and European approval to use the vaccine in this age group.

COVID-19: Tsunami of chronic health conditions expected, research and healthcare disrupted
A tsunami of chronic health conditions as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, especially cardiometabolic disease, may produce an enormous wave of death and disability that demands immediate, comprehensive strategies. In addition, COVID-19 has disrupted cardiovascular science and medicine, yet it presents opportunities to transform and create novel approaches that can yield new successes.

FDA investigating reports of infections associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating numerous medical device reports (MDRs) describing patient infections and other possible contamination issues associated with reprocessing urological endoscopes, including cystoscopes, ureteroscopes and cystourethroscopes—devices used to view and access the urinary tract. Reprocessing these types of medical devices involves both cleaning and high-level disinfection or sterilization so the devices can be reused.

Registration now open for APIC 2021 Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the APIC 2021 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, June 28–30. For those who are unable or unwilling to attend the live conference, there is the option to register for a virtual conference.

IAHCSMM making a short video featuring sterile processing professionals like you
Want to be in a video? It’s effortless. Send your best selfie shot or a photo of you holding a sign that reads I Am Sterile Processing.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
IAHCSMM has announced details for the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Because of the pandemic, IAHCSMM is offering attendees the choice to attend the conference in person or virtually.

Beyond Clean kicks off Season 12
Beyond Clean begins Season 12 with Kevin Anderson, clinical education coordinator for Healthmark Industries. Kevin shares his insights on writing on sterile packaging. Are certain inks actually toxic or potentially dangerous to patients?