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NewSplash Archive – January 2020

Issue 4 – 1/28

What’s the Point? Point-of-Care Treatment Position Statement by Lisa Wakeman
Recently, I was invited to work on a project for our healthcare system involving standards for point-of-care treatment practices. The mission of our work group was to establish minimal expectations as a prevention effort to further reduce the risk of infections and improve overall quality for patients. During the project, I wrote a position statement to share my perspective on why, in my professional opinion, point-of-care treatment is a critical area for healthcare facilities to focus improvement initiatives.

Help Australia combat brushfires
The bushfires burning across Australia have dominated headlines around the world since the latter part of 2019. These fires have killed dozens of people (including three firefighters from the U.S.) and millions of animals, and leveled thousands of homes.

FDA recommends transitioning to duodenoscopes with innovative designs
In a recent safety communication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended healthcare facilities transition to duodenoscopes with innovative designs to enhance patient safety. Duodenoscopes are used to assess and treat diseases and conditions of the pancreas and bile ducts, and are used in more than 500,000 procedures in the U.S. every year.

Infections caused 13% of all cancer cases in 2018, study says
In 2018, about 2.2 million cancer cases, or 13 percent, attributable to infections were diagnosed worldwide, according to a study published in The Lancet.

Researchers make discovery that could treat all cancers
Researchers from Cardiff University have discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung, and other cancers in lab tests. While the tests have not been performed in patients, the researchers say the findings have remarkable potential.

OR Today presents webinar for GI endoscopy professionals
On Thursday, January 30, at 2:00 ET, OR Today will host A Care, Handling, Inspection, and Prevention Program (CHIP) for GI Endoscopy Professionals webinar. The 60-minute Q&A webinar is presented by Dr. Lawrence Muscarella, consultant to Ruhof, and Ron Banach, director of clinical training for Ruhof.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC, in conjunction with Clorox Healthcare, is providing travel grants to five infection preventionists in underserved communities in the U.S. and regions hit by natural disasters to attend the APIC Annual Conference for the first time. Those selected will receive travel to APIC 2020, hotel accommodations, full conference registration, recognition at APIC 2020, and a special ribbon.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that will benefit other sterile processing professionals? Do you like to create art? If you do, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster or PowerPoint presentation for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week on Beyond Clean, Aimee Kellogg discusses her experience in taking on the responsibility of a whole new department and the challenges and successes associated with everything from employee engagement and accountability to cost reduction. Aimee shares the tools she implemented to not only create success in the department but also measure that success.

 

Issue 3 – 1/21

Solving the Unsolvable: Missing Instruments by Marjorie Wall
How can a surgeon perform surgery without surgical instruments? It’s an obvious question, but it happens daily. Trays are sterilized missing instruments. Sometimes these are critical instruments. Often the OR staff does not know they are missing instruments until they open the tray and check the count sheet. Unfortunately, sometimes the OR surgical technician may not know an instrument is missing until the surgeon is at a critical point in surgery and the needed instrument is not there.

Study shows delivering entire course of radiation treatment in less than a second is feasible
Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania have used FLASH proton radiation to theoretically deliver an entire course of radiotherapy to a cancer patient within a second, as opposed to over several weeks. In the study, researchers found that FLASH had the same effect on tumors as traditional photon radiation, but spared healthy tissue due to decreased exposure time.

PENTAX Medical to release new endoscope in U.S.
PENTAX Medical is releasing its IMAGINA HD Endoscopy System in the U.S. The endoscope features two ultrabright LEDs in the distal tip and an advanced HD+ CMOS image sensor with 1080p resolution.

OR Today presents webinar for GI endoscopy professionals
On Thursday, January 30, at 2:00 ET, OR Today will host A Care, Handling, Inspection, and Prevention Program (CHIP) for GI Endoscopy Professionals webinar. The 60-minute Q&A webinar is presented by Dr. Lawrence Muscarella, consultant to Ruhof, and Ron Banach, director of clinical training for Ruhof.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC, in conjunction with Clorox Healthcare, is providing travel grants to five infection preventionists in underserved communities in the U.S. and regions hit by natural disasters to attend the APIC Annual Conference for the first time. Those selected will receive travel to APIC 2020, hotel accommodations, full conference registration, recognition at APIC 2020, and a special ribbon.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that will benefit other sterile processing professionals? Do you like to create art? If you do, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster or PowerPoint presentation for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
A hospital’s HVAC system is a potential breeding ground for biological growth, mold, and mildew, and it takes on a critical role in the operating room. This week, HVAC expert David Schurk talks about mold, temperature, humidity, and airflow—a topic that has been in the headlines and on the minds of healthcare professionals in recent months.

 

Issue 2 – 1/14

(Not) Gone Like a “Flash”: 5 Years Later in the IUSS Debate and We’re Still Confused by Hank Balch
A number of industry organizations gathered together in 2011 and made a bold statement: “flash sterilization” is dead, long live IUSS (immediate-use steam sterilization). While the 2011 position paper arguing the need to cease using the term flash sterilization had an impact on the sterile processing and operating room industry, it wasn’t until August 2014 when the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) sent out their Change in Terminology and Update of S&C (Survey and Certification) Memorandum 09-55 Regarding Standards for Immediate Use Sterilization (IUSS) in Surgical Settings that the entire hospital world took notice.

Or did it?

PENTAX to release ultrasound video bronchoscope in U.S.
Recently, PENTAX announced its new EB19-J10U ultrasound video bronchoscope has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and soon will be available in the U.S. The device is intended for minimally invasive procedures and combines ultrasound imaging and an enlarged working channel to provide accurate, real-time ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TNBA) for the diagnosis of lung diseases with the use of a wide range of needles.

3M live webinar on survey preparation offers CE credit
3M Health Care Academy is offering live educational webinars on Preparing for an Accreditation Survey of Sterile Processing. Join host Jackie Daley as she provides an updated overview of what the key aspects CSSD professionals should focus on as they prepare for upcoming accreditation surveys.

PRIME Education offers C. diff webinar
PRIME Education is offering a free webinar on Improving Care Transitions in Clostridioides Difficile Infection. Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) experts Sahil Khanna, MBBS, and Kevin Garey, PharmD, MS, FASHP, lead the webcast, highlighting core concepts and strategies from the CDI Transitions of Care (TOC) Pathway.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

IAHCSMM accepting nominations for awards
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors central sterile professionals who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards pay tribute to professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that will benefit other sterile processing professionals? Do you like to create art? If you do, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster or PowerPoint presentation for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week’s episode features an emotional interview with Dwayne Taylor, director of sterile processing and distribution at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and former combat medic and surgical technologist in U.S. Army. Dwayne happened upon the scene of the horrific event that unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers from his hotel room in what is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and offered his services to the local hospital.

 

Issue 1 – 1/7

Welcome to 2020 and to Volume 4 of NewSplash. The new year brings with it many changes in the newsletter, namely the new look. The redesign provides a cleaner, more sophisticated look that will also provide a superior experience on mobile devices. We have more in store for you with many new contributing writers, beginning this issue with a feature article from David Jagrosse. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

AAMI Wants You! by David Jagrosse
Who is AAMI, you ask? She can be your best friend or a pain in the neck depending on how well your facility compares to best practices and professional guidelines. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of more than 8,000 professionals united by one important mission: the development, management, and use of safe and effective health technology.

NewSplash is your newsletter. We invite you to submit news about your personnel or facility, helpful hints, announcements, awards, suggestions, or articles. Contact NewSplash@UltraCleanSystems.com.

Reminder: There’s more than one cleaning guideline for SPDs
We are all aware of AAMI ST79, but we want to remind everyone there are other guides to good cleaning policies. For example, in May 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update to its Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.

2020 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice available from AORN
The Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) published the 2020 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

Do sheep cause mad cow disease?
In a recent study led by the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), researchers said they believe they have found the cause for mad cow disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Mad cow disease is an always-fatal neurodegenerative disease caused by misfolded proteins in the brain, known as prions.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

IAHCSMM accepting nominations for awards
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors central sterile professionals who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards pay tribute to professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that will benefit other sterile processing professionals? Do you like to create art? If you do, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster or PowerPoint presentation for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

Beyond Clean enters seventh season
Beyond Clean kicks off Season 7 with a conversation with Marjorie Wall about the cultural shift that needs to happen to make lasting change in SPDs that set up your staff for success. Marjorie outlines the planning for process improvements that will gain support and engagement from frontline staff and gain financial and budgetary resources from hospital administration.