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NewSplash Archive – February 2021

Issue 8 – 2/23

Getting Your CFO to Say “Yes” to Your Sterile Processing Requests by Rebecca Kinney
How can you get through to decision-makers that your capital requests are pivotal needs, not just a wish list?

In healthcare you have real and legitimate needs for patient safety that really aren’t optional, but necessary tools. As a sterile processing supervisor, you’ve been trained on multiple facets of your department. Do any of those include proposals and selling? Likely, it isn’t second nature to you. In this article we will discuss how to build your case, who to get involved, and how to think like a CFO.

Immune system protects children from severe COVID-19
Children are protected from severe COVID-19 because their innate immune system is quick to attack the virus, a new study has found. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Nature Communications, found that specialized cells in a child’s immune system rapidly target the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). 

Chronic pain sufferers could have new relief option without opioids
It is estimated that up to 40% of Americans are affected by chronic pain. The opioid epidemic has made some clinicians hesitant to prescribe them for pain, and some patients are fearful of taking them.

How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in your state
The ever-shifting COVID-19 vaccine landscape has created confusion for many throughout the U.S. To help alleviate some of this confusion, answer questions, and calm frayed nerves of people seeking a vaccine, NPR created a COVID-19 vaccine tool.

Could a nasal spray prevent coronavirus transmission?
A nasal antiviral created by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons blocked transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ferrets, suggesting the nasal spray also may prevent infection in people exposed to the new coronavirus, including recent variants.

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 11
The guest on the Season 11 finale is Steven Sutton, director, planning and design group with Belimed. Steven discusses department design and layout in the decontamination area.

 

Issue 7 – 2/16

Professional Advice: Opinions Versus Recommendations by Sarah B. Cruz
Growing up, my mother told me that the reason why it’s called “talking behind your back” is because you are too busy moving forward for people to talk in front of you. Even as adults, we have always been told not to let what other people think about us get under our skin. Outside opinions and unsolicited comments can completely derail professional ambition, focus, and momentum. But what about the solicited comments and opinions? What do we do when we ask for professional advice from others? It is our responsibility to decide if this is their recommendation or their opinion. Too often these words are used synonymously, but they are actually significantly different. Opinions have the ability to professionally derail us in the same way as the unsolicited comments we read online or hear from complete strangers. Recommendations aid us in developing even stronger industry voices and professional ambition by taking ownership of our own professional goals.

Visby Medical’s COVID-19 PCR point-of-care test authorized for use in CLIA-waived settings
Visby Medical announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized its rapid PCR COVID-19 test for use at the point of care. Building on the FDA’s emergency use authorization granted earlier this year, Visby Medical’s rapid PCR COVID-19 test may now be used by any organization with a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificate of waiver.

A machine-learning approach to finding treatment options for COVID-19
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, doctors and researchers rushed to find effective treatments. There was little time to spare.

COVID-19 leads to explosion in cyberattacks, data breaches
COVID-19 has impacted virtually every facet of healthcare delivery, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that cybersecurity has suffered during the pandemic. Remote interactions between patients and their providers grew exponentially virtually overnight, leaving little time to ensure all bases were covered regarding security precautions.

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 11
This week, Loraine Durigan, sterile processing traveling manager at SpecialtyCare, discusses her vision for combining career growth and technical knowledge to change the way sterile processing departments are run. Tune in to hear how Loraine and her team took a new approach to the topics of recruiting, retaining, and rewarding hard-working staff in this conversation about career growth and compensation.

 

Issue 6 – 2/9

I’m Out: 7 Reasons to Quit Your Sterile Processing Job by Hank Balch
You know what? Sometimes quitters do win.

If you are reading this article, chances are good you’ve already quit a job or two in your life. Why did you do it? What did you learn about yourself and the kind of employer you want to work for? These kinds of decisions are huge learning experiences for any adult, and the world of sterile processing is no different. That being said, have you ever read an article about why you should quit your sterile processing job in particular? As a sterile processing technician, manager, and director, I’ve had the distinct opportunity to quit a couple of times in my career (all for good reasons), and was on the receiving end of a few letters of resignation myself (some for good reasons, many not so good). Based on these experiences and observations from many more, here are seven reasons you should consider quitting your sterile processing job.

Johnson & Johnson asks U.S. regulators to clear its COVID-19 vaccine
Johnson & Johnson has asked U.S. regulators to clear its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to help increase supplies of vaccines. Preliminary results from a large international study demonstrate that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was safe and 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe instances of COVID-19.

FDA appoints first medical device cybersecurity chief
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has named Kevin Fu, a University of Michigan associate professor, to serve a one-year term as acting director of medical device cybersecurity at the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Study finds wearable devices can detect COVID-19 symptoms and predict diagnosis
Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease, Mount Sinai researchers report in one of the first studies on the topic. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on January 29. 

Smaller, simpler surgical robot unveiled
Medical device company Virtual Incision has unveiled the miniaturized in vivo robotic assistant (MIRA), a device roughly the size of a human hand that fits into a patient’s abdomen via s 2.5- to 3-cm umbilical incision. MIRA is still in the investigational stage and not yet available in the U.S., but if approved, it could be used for colon resections, cholecystectomy, sleeve gastrectomy, and hernia repair.

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.

[Correction: NewSplash inadvertently published incorrect information regarding the 2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo. We apologize for the miscommunication. Visit IAHCSMM for complete conference details.—Ed.]

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. Dates for the in-person conference are October 9–11 or October 12–14. Attendees may choose the dates they wish to attend. The virtual conference will occur October 12–28. Details about the virtual portion of the annual conference will be announced soon.

Beyond Clean Season 11
Signage is an important method of communication in an SPD. In this episode, Garry Bassi, director, medical device reprocessing and support services at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto), discusses his unique approach to department signage in the midst of new construction and beyond. Tune in to hear why Garry believes good signage is so important to high-performing technicians, and find out the value that strategic planning and professionalism can have on creating high-quality workflows.

 

Issue 5 – 2/2

Surgical Instrument Traceability: Never Events by Marjorie Wall
Outside of the sterile processing industry, there is a widespread belief that hospitals can trace each surgical instrument used on each patient. Outsiders presume that if they have surgery and something goes wrong, organizations can identify who the surgical instruments were used on prior. Infection control, risk management, and administrators often hold this same belief. When an investigation starts after a process failure (for example, positive biological result or bioburden on a tray in the operating room), leaders are often shocked when sterile processing and the operating room cannot trace trays between patients. This inability to trace surgical instruments between patients leads to organizations notifying large patient groups that they may have been exposed. For patients receiving this phone call from their doctor or a letter from their hospital, the best case is heart-wrenching anxiety until their exposure tests come back negative, and the worst is if their tests come back positive. Either way, they have been harmed by the industry promising to do no harm.

Study shows Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine appears to be safe and effective
A study by Russian scientists published in The Lancet concludes that Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine appears safe and about 91% effective. It also appeared to prevent people who contracted COVID-19 from becoming severely ill.

U.S. makes deal to provide rapid COVID-19 at-home tests
The U.S. government has entered into a $231.8 million deal with Australian company Ellume to increase availability of the first at-home COVID-19 rapid test available without a prescription. Users can receive test results to their smartphone within 15 minutes.

BD study suggests its COVID-19 antigen test better than PCR at detecting infectious individuals
A peer-reviewed study funded by BD published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that its Veritor antigen test outperformed a PCR test in detecting people contagious and with symptoms of COVID-19.

Researchers engineer “smart” cartilage cells that release anti-inflammatory drug
Osteoarthritis pain is a response to “mechanical loading of a joint” and affects millions of people. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have engineered “smart” cartilage cells that release an anti-inflammatory drug when stressed.

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 registration open
Registration is now open 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.

2021 IAHCSMM in-person conference schedule and info published
IAHCSMM has published the 2021 conference program and sessions schedule for in-person attendees; the virtual conference schedule-at-a-glance will be published in February.

Beyond Clean Season 11
In this episode, Delft University of Technology researcher Girish Malage discusses his field studies and innovative approach to solving the systemic laparoscopic challenges facing hospitals around the globe, particularly in low- to middle-income countries. Tune in to hear how Girish approached these problems via engineering, resource constraints, and creativity.