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NewSplash Archive – March 2019

Issue 13 – 3/26

Is it true that certain scissors need to be sharpened more often?
A: Yes. The black-handled SuperCut scissor needs to be sharpened the most (quarterly) because it has a knife edge. (p. 15)

Q: Can a standard non-gold needle holder be rejawed? (See next issue.)

Is My Water Good Enough? How Do I Know and What Do I Do If It Isn’t? by Jonathan A. Wilder, Ph.D.
Stains. Corrosion. Instruments worn out before their time. These are problems every sterile processing department experiences and they can be among the greatest causes of stress, be costly to fix, and drag your department into the doldrums of dissatisfaction with your surgical customers.

Sign Up Now Campaign is underway
Throughout the months of March and April, NewSplash is holding a Sign Up Now Campaign. Encourage your team to sign up for NewSplash between March 1 and April 30 and you and those you refer will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card given away monthly (one card per month from March and April).

Bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air
A recent study by Rutgers and other scientists suggests that bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air, in addition to being transmitted through people and animals. The researchers believe their “air bridge” hypothesis could illuminate how harmful bacteria share antibiotic-resistance genes.

Earn CE credits from IAHCSMM Expo floor
Attendees to IAHCSMM 2019 can earn CE credits from vendor experts on the expo floor, in addition to traditional educational sessions in classrooms and conference sessions. With more than 140 exhibitors on hand, attendees can see new products, learn about new services, and learn from central service and sterile processing experts.

Event at IAHCSMM to discuss sterility assurance
Attendees to the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo might want to RSVP for the 2nd Annual Beyond Clean LIVE Myth Busting Debate. The hosts of Beyond Clean are taking their show back on the road again this year, and the topic is sterility assurance.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

OR Today Live registration is open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live in Las Vegas. The conference features industry-leading speakers covering the latest in clinical, management, and CS/SPD; the opportunity to earn up to 16 CEs; exhibit hall with the latest technology, products, and services; and more.

Beyond Clean rerelease with CE credit
This week’s episode from Season 1 is a discussion with David Hilliker about chemical monitoring in the SPD and employee safety. Tune in and take the exam for CE credit.

 

Issue 12 – 3/19

Can a bent probe be reused?
A: Yes. The majority of probes are designed to be malleable to allow for exploring and gauging the depth of nonvisible cavities. (p. 365)

Q: Is it true that certain scissors need to be sharpened more often? (See next issue.)

The Sterile Processing Webinar Is Dead: Long Live the Webi-Next by Hank Balch
I’m going to wager an educated guess that 99% of the sterile processing professionals reading this sentence have seen zero webinars in the past year. If you’re one of the elusive 1% who have, hang in there; I think you’re still going to appreciate what comes next.

Sign Up Now Campaign is underway
Throughout the months of March and April, NewSplash is holding a Sign Up Now Campaign. Encourage your team to sign up for NewSplash between March 1 and April 30 and you and those you refer will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card given away monthly (one card per month from March and April).

New column by Jonathan A. Wilder, Ph.D. debuts next issue
We are pleased to announce that Jonathan A. Wilder, Ph.D. is joining NewSplash as a contributing writer beginning with the next issue (Issue 13). Dr. Wilder has worked with all thermal and chemical sterilization methods, as well as cleaning and disinfection methodologies. He has been an active participant in U.S. and international standards development since 1998 through AAMI. Dr. Wilder’s academic background includes doctoral study in physical chemistry and postdoctoral study in surface physics, with fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy in physical chemistry and the Max Planck Society in surface physics. Look for Dr. Wilder’s column, Instrumental for Quality, in NewSplash and at Ultra Clean Systems.

Electric bandages help wounds heal faster
A recent study at The Ohio State University has shown that bandages infused with electricity can help wounds heal faster than standard bandages or antibiotics. The findings could help lead to better wound care.

How Mount Sinai increased hand hygiene compliance by 20%
New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System improved hand hygiene compliance 20 percent after implementing The Joint Commission’s Targeted Solutions Tool for Hand Hygiene, according to a blog post on the accrediting body’s website.

Sensors added to da Vinci surgical robot give surgeons sense of touch
Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgery systems are synonymous with minimally invasive robotic surgeries. The da Vinci systems provide surgeons with extraordinary precision; however, they lack force feedback, meaning surgeons can’t feel what they are working on.

Event at IAHCSMM to discuss sterility assurance
Attendees to the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo might want to RSVP for the 2nd Annual Beyond Clean LIVE Myth Busting Debate. The hosts of Beyond Clean are taking their show back on the road again this year, and the topic is sterility assurance.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

OR Today Live registration is open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live in Las Vegas. The conference features industry-leading speakers covering the latest in clinical, management, and CS/SPD; the opportunity to earn up to 16 CEs; exhibit hall with the latest technology, products, and services; and more.

Beyond Clean rerelease with CE credit
This week’s episode from the Season 1 vault features a conversation with Sara Freiberg, clinical education manager for Northfield Medical and feature author for NewSplash. The topic is flexible scope cleaning and covers proper leak testing, chemical use, and sink sizing, adverse events, and putting AAMI ST91:2015 into practice. Tune in and take the exam for CE credit.

 

Issue 11 – 3/12

Can dents be repaired on the shaft of an optical biopsy forcep?
A: Minor damage may be repairable. Major damage will require the instrument to be replaced. This is a costly instrument for the facility. Dents will prevent scope insertion, causing operating room delays. (p. 343)

Q: Can a bent probe be reused? (See next issue.)

Those First Few Moments Are Critical by Sara Freiberg
The eye is a magnificent, complex, delicate organ and the second most powerful body part, after the brain. In fact the eye uses about 65% of our brainpower, more than any other part of the body, processing about 36,000 bits of information an hour. Each eye contains 107 million cells and more than two million working parts, and while fingerprints have 40 unique characteristics, the iris has 256. The muscles that control the eye are continually active 24/7. Seven million cones in our eyes help us to see color and detail, and the 100 million rods help us distinguish between black and white. The eye is a scientific wonder

Sign Up Now Campaign is underway
Throughout the months of March and April, NewSplash is holding a Sign Up Now Campaign. Encourage your team to sign up for NewSplash between March 1 and April 30 and you and those you refer will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card given away monthly (one card per month from March and April).

February’s campaign winner: Ashley Fetty
The winner of the NewSplash Sign Up Now Campaign for the month of February is Ashley Fetty. Ashley is the newest member of the SPD at East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center. She was referred by surgical supply and sterilization manager Erika Klarr. Thank you, Erika! Congratulations to Ashley on winning the $100 gift card for February.

Beyond Clean announces Speakers Bureau
The folks at Beyond Clean have announced the Beyond Clean Speakers Bureau, a network of experts in the sterile processing industry. The purpose of this network is to make innovators, disruptors, and educators available for everything from international conferences to regional education seminars so you will have access to expert, quality speakers who can equip and inspire your teams.

CDC: 119,000+ US residents contracted staph in 2017, as progress to stem it slows
Bloodstream Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a threat in the U.S., and after early success in reducing serious staph infection rates, progress has slowed, according to a Vital Signs report released by the CDC.

IAHCSMM award recipients
Each year, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) honors central service/sterile processing professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication, and service.

Event at IAHCSMM to discuss sterility assurance
Attendees to the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo might want to RSVP for the 2nd Annual Beyond Clean LIVE Myth Busting Debate. The hosts of Beyond Clean are taking their show back on the road again this year, and the topic is sterility assurance.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

OR Today Live registration is open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live in Las Vegas. The conference features industry-leading speakers covering the latest in clinical, management, and CS/SPD; the opportunity to earn up to 16 CEs; exhibit hall with the latest technology, products, and services; and more.

Beyond Clean rerelease with CE credit
This week, Beyond Clean takes a look back to a conversation in Season 1 with Don Williams, regional director of sterile processing for Kaiser Permanente. The topic is the centralization of processing for ambulatory surgery centers and off-site clinics. Take the exam for 1.5 CEs.

 

Issue 10 – 3/5

What can be done to reduce arthroscopy instrument damage?
A: Securing these delicate and costly instruments in a protective sterilization rack/container will reduce damage, and protect the cutting edges of punches and scissors. (p. 329)

Q: Can dents be repaired on the shaft of an optical biopsy forcep? (See next issue.)

Competency Saves Lives: Why the Hard Work of SPD Competency Paperwork Can’t be Ignored by Hank Balch
In recent months, I’ve seen multiple videos of similar horrifying events pop up on my social media newsfeeds. The consistent theme runs like this: surveillance videos of parking lots, food courts, or bus stations; an infant begins choking and stops breathing; and a frantic parent hands the distressed child off to a police officer or fire fighter who performs life-saving treatment to rescue them. As a father of two small children myself, it is impossible to watch these videos without powerful emotions of fear, helplessness, and an unmitigated sense of relief as it all ends well.

Sign Up Now Campaign is underway
Throughout the months of February, March, and April, NewSplash is holding a Sign Up Now Campaign. Encourage your team to sign up for NewSplash between February 1 and April 30 and you and those you refer will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card given away monthly (one card per month from February, March, and April).

New rapid test for sepsis could save thousands of lives
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have developed a low-cost test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis. Existing hospital tests can take up to 72 hours to process, but this new test can detect sepsis in as little as two-and-a-half minutes.

New sanitation system could reduce HAIs and cut costs by 75 percent
The spread of antimicrobial resistance in hospitals can be limited by sanitation methods that remodulate the hospital microbiota, leading to lower antimicrobial consumption and costs, according to a paper in Infection and Drug Resistance.

Microneedle patch self-sterilizes for safe vaccinations
A team of researchers from the University of South Australia has developed a microneedle patch that contains antibacterial properties, yielding a safer option for vaccinations compared to traditional needles. The researchers tested the antibacterial efficacy of silver-loaded microneedles and compared it to bacteria associated with common skin infections, such as Golden staph.

Event at IAHCSMM discuss sterility assurance
Attendees to the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo might want to RSVP for the 2nd Annual Beyond Clean LIVE Myth Busting Debate. The hosts of Beyond Clean are taking their show back on the road again this year, and the topic is sterility assurance.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

Beyond Clean rerelease with CE credit
Season 4 of Beyond Clean begins on April 1, but the crew hasn’t left you hanging while you wait. This week marks the first rerelease of content from Season 1, now with CE approval. This episode is good for 1.5 CEs.