Ultra Clean Systems awards three IAHCSMM 2021 scholarships

Ultra Clean Systems awards three IAHCSMM 2021 scholarships

Rita the Reprocessor scholarship challenge winners display creativity in
adapting to disruptions caused by COVID-19

Oldsmar, FL—Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, announced during International Sterile Processing Week the recipients of IAHCSMM 2021 scholarships from its fourth annual contest. The recipients were chosen from entries in Ultra Clean’s themed Rita the Reprocessor scholarship challenge (inspired by Rosie the Riveter), where sterile processing professionals were asked to describe how they adapted to challenges and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grand prizewinner is Toni Amorine of Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA. Toni received a scholarship to IAHCSMM 2021, a one-year subscription to PROCESS magazine, her IAHCSMM membership was renewed for one year, and $500 in expense assistance. Runners-up Carla Cuer of United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY, and Nicole Booth of Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon, MT, were awarded IAHCSMM 2021 scholarships, a one-year subscription to PROCESS magazine, and their IAHCSMM memberships were renewed for one year.

“There isn’t enough engagement for all the sterile processing professionals out there and with this year’s challenge, our readers have an outlet for being involved that is fun, engaging, and gives them a greater reason to be proud that they are keeping patients safe,” said Tom Overbey, director of marketing at Ultra Clean. “Sometimes it seems like a thankless job.”

Thank you to everyone who entered the Rita the Reprocessor scholarship challenge and congratulations to our winners. All of us at Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash appreciate your hard work and dedication to patient safety.

Keep an eye out at IAHCSMM 2021 and in NewSplash for additional follow-up to Rita the Reprocessor and other announcements from Ultra Clean Systems.

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Ultra Clean Systems awards three IAHCSMM 2020 scholarships

Ultra Clean Systems awards three IAHCSMM 2020 scholarships

Achievers: End Infection challenge displays creativity and dedication of
central service professionals

Oldsmar, FL—Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, announced during International CS Week the recipients of IAHCSMM 2020 scholarships from its third annual contest. The recipients were chosen from entries in Ultra Clean’s themed Achievers: End Infection challenge (inspired by the Avengers movie franchise), where central service professionals were asked to describe how they helped end infection in their department.

The grand prizewinner is Melissa Albright of UnityPoint Health – Meriter in Madison, WI. Melissa received a scholarship to IAHCSMM 2020, a one-year subscription to PROCESS magazine, her IAHCSMM membership was renewed for one year, and $500 in expense assistance. Runners-up Sarah Cruz of MidState Medical Center in Meriden, CT, and Tetiana Sotnik of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, were awarded IAHCSMM 2020 scholarships, a one-year subscription to PROCESS magazine, and their IAHCSMM memberships were renewed for one year.

“There isn’t enough engagement for all the sterile processing professionals out there and with this year’s challenge, our readers have an outlet for being involved that is fun, engaging, and gives them a greater reason to be proud that they are keeping patients safe,” said Tom Overbey, director of marketing at Ultra Clean. “Sometimes it seems like a thankless job.”

Thank you to everyone who entered the Achievers: End Infection challenge and congratulations to our winners. All of us at Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash appreciate your hard work and dedication to patient safety.

Keep an eye out at IAHCSMM 2020 and in NewSplash for additional follow-up to Achievers: End Infection and other announcements from Ultra Clean Systems.

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Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash Publish Book for Anyone Working in Sterile Processing 

Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash Publish Book for Anyone Working in Sterile Processing 

Oldsmar, FL, October 13, 2020 — Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, and NewSplash, the weekly enewsletter published by Ultra Clean, are pleased to announce the publication of their first book. 

The Front Line: Think Outside the Tray and Make the Most of Your Sterile Processing Career, Volume 1, authored by award-winning sterile processing leader and Beyond Clean cofounder Hank Balch, is a series of thought-provoking articles that explore ideas and insights on what it takes to make your sterile processing department efficient and safe, and how to keep staff morale and motivation high. This is the first in a planned series of volumes, so readers will want to follow this journey from the beginning.

“Hank draws inspiration from his considerable experience in sterile processing and distills this knowledge into concise articles aimed at improving the operation of your sterile processing department and the well-being of your staff, all with the goal of keeping patient safety high,” said Mike Mackenzie, editor of The Front Line book.

Readers of The Front Line book can earn 4.5 continuing education units. Simply scan the QR code or enter the shortened URL found at the beginning of the book, enter the unique code, and take the exam. 

The Front Line: Think Outside the Tray and Make the Most of Your Sterile Processing Career, Volume 1 by Hank Balch is available now. Purchase your copy at https://www.ultracleansystems.com/product/the-front-line-book.

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Ultra Clean Systems awards three IAHCSMM 2019 scholarships

Mission: Possible challenge displays creativity and dedication of SPD professionals

Oldsmar, FL—Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, announced during International CS Week the scholarship recipients that will attend the IAHCSMM Conference and Expo in 2019. The recipients were chosen from entries in Ultra Clean’s themed Mission: Possible challenge (inspired by the Mission: Impossible movie franchise), where sterile processing professionals were asked to describe an idea they had that their department implemented to improve patient safety.

The grand prizewinner is Dave Swory of Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg, WA. Dave received a scholarship to IAHCSMM 2019, a one-year subscription to Communiqué magazine, his IAHCSMM membership was renewed for one year, and $500 in expense assistance. Runners-up Linda Schultz of Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA, and Tracie Diggs of Stateline Surgery Center in Galena, KS, were awarded IAHCSMM 2019 scholarships, a one-year subscription to Communiqué magazine, and their IAHCSMM memberships were renewed for one year.

“There isn’t enough engagement for all the sterile processing professionals out there and with this year’s challenge, our readers have an outlet for being involved that is fun, engaging, and gives them a greater reason to be proud that they are keeping patients safe,” said Tom Overbey, director of marketing at Ultra Clean. “Sometimes it seems like a thankless job.”

Thank you to everyone who entered the Mission: Possible challenge and congratulations to our winners. All of us at Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash appreciate your hard work and dedication to patient safety.

Keep an eye out at IAHCSMM 2019 and in NewSplash for additional follow-up to Mission: Possible and other announcements from Ultra Clean Systems.

Ultra Clean Systems announces recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships

Ultra Clean Systems announces recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships

Game of Reprocessing challenge a fun contest for SPD professionals

Oldsmar, FL—Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, announced during International CS Week the recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships from its first-ever contest. The recipients were chosen from entries in Ultra Clean’s themed Game of Reprocessing challenge (inspired by the TV series Game of Thrones), where outstanding sterile processing professionals were nominated by their peers or department managers. Contest criteria consisted of the individual’s contribution to the sterile processing department, reduction in immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) incidents, and quality audit outcomes.

The grand prize winner is Andreanna “Annie” Vogel of Deckerville Community Hospital in Deckerville, MI. Annie received a scholarship to IAHCSMM 2018 and $500 in expense assistance. Runner-up Carol Stebbins of St. Lucie Surgery Center in Port St. Lucie, FL, was awarded an IAHCSMM 2018 scholarship and her IAHCSMM membership was renewed for one year. Their respective facilities were presented with plaques recognizing their leadership in sterile processing and their dedication to patient safety.

“We wanted to make a challenge for CS Week that was truly engaging; something the CS community can have fun with,” said Tom Overbey, director of marketing at Ultra Clean. “Typically, when you have challenges such as this, the award goes to larger facilities. What we decided to do was provide smaller facilities the chance to be recognized.”

Following the success of its first scholarship contest, Ultra Clean will sponsor another IAHCSMM scholarship in 2018. Look for details about the next challenge in the summer of 2018.

About Ultra Clean Systems 
Since 1999, Ultra Clean Systems has been innovating and manufacturing robust, versatile, and efficient ultrasonic cleaning systems for cleaning surgical instruments. Their line of ultrasonic cleaning systems includes tabletop models for use in small surgical facilities to floor models used in facilities with 20 or more operating rooms.

Ultra Clean was the first to design an ultrasonic cleaning system for cannulated instruments; incorporate industry-exclusive Titanium Rod Transducer (TRT) technology for even energy dispersion; develop a fully automatic yet independent dual-basin cleaning system; and integrate ultraviolet water filtration systems to help deactivate bacteriological matter.

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Getinge Group Announces Partnership with Ultra Clean Systems, Inc.

WAYNE, N.J.Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Getinge Group, a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Ultra Clean Systems, Inc., an Oldsmar, FL-based manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments. Under the terms of the agreement, Getinge Group will distribute the full line of Ultra Clean Systems’ hospital-grade ultrasonic cleaning equipment, as well as accessories and the validated detergent for cleaning Intuitive Surgical® da Vinci®robotic instruments, to healthcare facilities in the United States and Canada. Getinge Group will also provide service and support for all installed Ultra Clean Systems equipment.

Ultrasonic cleaning of surgical instruments following patient use is one of the first lines of defense for removing infectious debris and tissue. Sterile processing departments are increasingly using ultrasonic cleaning because of the growth in the use of complex surgical instruments and da Vinci robotic instruments; growing compliance with instructions for use (IFU) due to JHACO and AAMI standards; and the shift from hand cleaning to more automated solutions.

“Ensuring patient and technician safety at healthcare facilities is one of our highest priorities. With this large-scale distribution partnership, we will now be able to expand our offering by supplementing our existing ultrasonic cleaner with robust, versatile, timesaving, energy-efficient solutions from Ultra Clean Systems,” said Raoul Quintero, President of the Americas at Getinge Group. “Ultra Clean Systems’ state-of-the-art surgical instrument cleaning systems have many benefits and are validated by Intuitive Surgical to clean its full line of da Vinci robotic instruments. With this agreement, sterile processing departments throughout the U.S. and Canadacan now access all of their ultrasonic cleaning equipment from a single source.”

“This partnership with Getinge Group will expand the use of our ultrasonic cleaning systems at medical centers throughout the Americas,” said Becky Cale, President of Ultra Clean Systems. “Our goal is to further advance the field of sterile processing with more efficient products through constant research and innovation. This partnership will help us strengthen our research and development initiatives.”

SPD technician places lumen tray in Triton 72 ultrasonic cleaning system

About Ultra Clean Systems
Since 1999, Ultra Clean Systems has been innovating and manufacturing robust, versatile, and efficient ultrasonic cleaning systems for cleaning surgical instruments. Their line of ultrasonic cleaning systems includes tabletop models for use in small surgical facilities to floor models used in facilities with 20 or more operating rooms. 

Ultra Clean was the first to: design an ultrasonic cleaning system for cannulated instruments; incorporate industry-exclusive Titanium Rod Transducer (TRT) technology for even energy dispersion; develop a fully automatic yet independent dual-basin cleaning system; and integrate ultraviolet water filtration systems to help deactivate bacteriological matter. 

Under the agreement, Getinge will distribute all six ultrasonic systems, including the Triton 36 and Triton 72 models validated to clean robotic instruments with the capacity to clean four to six trays of instruments simultaneously. These ultrasonic cleaning machines have been proven to remove more than 99 percent of harmful debris from laparoscopic instruments. Premium stainless steel wire mesh trays and lids, custom trays for processing da Vinci instruments, disposable filters, detergents, and accessories for reprocessing lumens are included in the agreement.

SPD technician lowering robotics tray into ultrasonic cleaner

About Getinge Group
Getinge Group is a leading global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive-care units, hospital wards, sterilization departments, elderly care and for life science companies and institutions. Getinge Group operates under the three brands of ArjoHuntleigh, Getinge and Maquet. With a genuine passion for life, we build quality and safety into every system. Our unique value proposition mirrors the continuum of care, enhancing efficiency throughout the clinical pathway. Based on our first-hand experience and close partnerships, we are able to exceed expectations from customers—improving the every-day life for people, today and tomorrow.