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NewSplash Archive – November 2018

Issue 48 – 11/27

What does Fr. refer to on a suction tube?
A: Fr. refers to the French scale, also called the French gauge system. It is commonly used to measure the outside diameter of suction tubes. For example, Baron suction tubes are available in 3, 5, and 7 French. (p. 321)

Q: What do black handles on a needle holder indicate? (See next issue.)

Mission: Possible scholarship recipient roundup: Linda Schultz
Linda Schultz is an infection prevention sterilization specialist for Northside Healthcare, in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Linda worked as a certified surgical technologist for the first 20 years of her career, then became the OR materials coordinator, and finally found her passion as a sterile processing manager.

Master Inventory Lists: The Key to Mastering Sterile Processing Compliance by Hank Balch
Imagine a hospital where staff would occasionally lose track of their patients, where they sometimes forgot to administer the proper medication, or even treated patients for illnesses they didn’t actually have. Frightening, eh? Not the kind of hospital any of us would want to be admitted into or have one of our family members be treated in.

Infectious disease experts convene to explore lifesaving antibiotic research methods
Healthcare professionals nationwide recently gathered to discuss how to improve programs to better control antibiotic use in healthcare facilities. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Research Workshop, hosted by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), prepared healthcare professionals to design, deploy, and evaluate antibiotic stewardship interventions to combat the emergence of deadly drug-resistant bacteria. 

Eyes of CJD patients show evidence of prions
National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues have found evidence of the infectious agent of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in the eyes of deceased CJD patients. The finding suggests that the eye may be a source for early CJD diagnosis and raises questions about the safety of routine eye exams and corneal transplants.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM recently published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2019 Annual Conference & Expo. There are also three preconference sessions. Seating is limited and separate fees apply.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

IAHCSMM announces anniversary celebration promotion
At the end of November, IAHCSMM will have a random drawing of everyone who is preregistered for the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. One winner will be selected to receive a four-night stay at the Marriott conference hotel paid for by IAHCSMM during the annual conference.

APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Development Course
The APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Course is an exclusive, high-level, three-day interactive learning experience that will provide participants with the leadership skills they need for effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) leadership in their facility.

 

Issue 47 – 11/20

Why are some OB/GYN instruments black in color?
A: The black coating, called ebonization, is anti-reflective and used in laser procedures. It is designed to absorb the laser, rather than reflect, and prevents patient injury. If the coating is chipped, send the instrument our for repair. (p. 223)

Q: What does Fr. refer to on a suction tube? (See next issue.)

Mission: Possible scholarship recipient roundup: Tracie Diggs
Tracie Diggs was born and raised in southwest Missouri. Her interests include doing crafts and traveling. She loves being a central sterile technician and has worked in a hospital setting for almost 15 years.

DNV GL Healthcare launches sterile processing program certification in the U.S.
DNV GL Healthcare, a healthcare accreditation organization, has introduced a certification program for healthcare facility sterile processing departments. DNV GL’s Sterile Processing Program Certification provides validation that hospitals and other healthcare facilities meet or exceed standards of care.

The Joint Commission’s response to the October 2018 BMJ article 
A recent study, “Association between patient outcomes and accreditation in US hospitals: observational study,” questioned the benefit of The Joint Commission accreditation for patients. In response to the study, The Joint Commission asserted that the study has methodological problems that bias the study against accredited hospitals.

42 hospitals make Leapfrog’s “straight-A” list for safety
Since spring 2012, the Leapfrog Group has assigned letter grades to hospitals twice a year based on their patient safety performance. Forty-two hospitals have earned an A in every update, including the fall 2018 update released Nov. 8.

FDA authorizes emergency use of first Ebola fingerstick test with portable reader
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rapid, single-use test for the detection of Ebola virus. This is the second Ebola rapid antigen fingerstick test available under emergency use authorization, but the first that uses a portable, battery-operated reader, which can help provide clear diagnostic results outside of laboratories and in areas where patients are likely to be treated.

Staph infections in pediatric hospitals falls by 36% in 7 years
study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, examined hospitalizations for Staphylococcus aureus infections at freestanding pediatric facilities between 2009 and 2016.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM announces anniversary celebration promotion
At the end of November, IAHCSMM will have a random drawing of everyone who is preregistered for the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. One winner will be selected to receive a four-night stay at the Marriott conference hotel paid for by IAHCSMM during the annual conference.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Development Course
The APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Course is an exclusive, high-level, three-day interactive learning experience that will provide participants with the leadership skills they need for effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) leadership in their facility.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Keith Koby, senior vice president North America at Nanosonics. Koby was a captain in the U.S. Army and holds a BS degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and a master’s in business administration, management, and operations.

 

Issue 46 – 11/13

How is a Kerrison measured?
A: The length is measured from the tip to the back of the top track. Common lengths are 7″, 8″, and 9″. (p. 209)

Q: Why are some OB/GYN instruments black in color? (See next issue.)

7 Habits of Highly Effective Sterile Processing Departments by Hank Balch
What are the building blocks for sterile processing greatness? Is there a formula for taking your team from mediocre to magnificent? Is there anything you can start doing today or stop doing tomorrow that will nudge the needle in the right direction?

While there are no silver bullets to SPD success, there are seven particular habits that can serve as the foundation for many highly effective sterile processing departments across the country. As with all habits, these behaviors and commitments did not mature overnight, and some were years in the making. Even so, implementing and encouraging these seven habits among your team can and will change the qualitative direction of your department regardless of how far along the journey you are today.

Breakthrough neurotechnology for treating paralysis
Three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries years ago are now able to walk with the aid of crutches or a walker thanks to new rehabilitation protocols that combine targeted electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord and weight-assisted therapy.

Healthcare-associated infections report for 2016 published
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report, which provides a summary of select HAIs across four healthcare settings: acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals.

Patient Safety Goals for 2019
Becker’s Hospital Review issued a call for submissions for Patient Safety Goals for 2019. If you have a patient safety goal you would like to share with Becker’s, email Harrison Cook at hcook@beckershealthcare.com.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM announces anniversary celebration promotion
At the end of November, IAHCSMM will have a random drawing of everyone who is preregistered for the 2019 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. One winner will be selected to receive a four-night stay at the Marriott conference hotel paid for by IAHCSMM during the annual conference.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Development Course
The APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Course is an exclusive, high-level, three-day interactive learning experience that will provide participants with the leadership skills they need for effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) leadership in their facility.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
Brandon VanHee, clinical education manager at Key Surgical, is this week’s guest on Beyond Clean. Brandon promotes infection prevention best practices in sterile processing and flexible endoscope reprocessing around the globe.

 

Issue 45 – 11/6

What is the difference between an osteotome and a chisel?
A: Osteotomes are shaped like a steeple while chisels have one angled side and one straight side. (p. 169)

Q: How is a Kerrison measured? (See next issue.)

Manufacturer Instructions for Use: Can We All Do Better? by Sara Freiberg
Many articles, opinions, and conversations surround the topic of medical device manufacturer instructions for use (IFU). While both the user and the manufacturer have voiced feedback, it is important to note that both sides have valid concerns.

Thank You, Veterans
Veterans Day 2018 is Sunday, November 11 (observed on Monday, November 12), and we at NewSplash and Ultra Clean Systems would like to thank and honor all veterans. We appreciate all you do, all you have done, and all you have sacrificed to protect our freedom. We encourage everyone to thank a veteran.

Hospital to deploy AI system to identify sepsis early
This month, Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, is launching Sepsis Watch, an artificial intelligence-based system that identifies sepsis cases in the early stages. The hospital will roll out the program in the emergency department, then extend it to the general hospital floor and the intensive care unit.

Sunlight can kill infection-causing bacteria indoors, study finds
Rooms exposed to daylight have fewer germs, and compared to dark rooms, sunlit rooms have about half the amount of bacteria that can grow, a study published in Microbiome found.

Never touch these items in a hospital
Reader’s Digest recently compiled a list of 10 hospital objects that harbor infection-causing bacteria that you should never touch. Due to the constant flow of patients, healthcare workers, and visitors, frequently used objects can accumulate large amounts of bacteria and other microbes.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Development Course
The APIC/SHEA Joint Leadership Course is an exclusive, high-level, three-day interactive learning experience that will provide participants with the leadership skills they need for effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) leadership in their facility.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Steve Kubler, global marketing manager at 3M. Steve has worked in healthcare for more than a decade, helping to bring advanced solutions to the sterile processing department.