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The Front Line is a feature article section by Weston “Hank” Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CER,CIS, CHL published biweekly in NewSplash

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Feature 31 – June 14, 2019


Feature 30 – June 3, 2019


Feature 29 – May 20, 2019


Feature 28 – May 6, 2019


Feature 27 – April 23, 2019


Feature 26 – April 1, 2019


Feature 25 – March 18, 2019


Feature 24 – March 5, 2019


Feature 23 – February 19, 2019


Feature 22 – January 22, 2019


Feature 21 – January 21, 2019


Feature 20 – January 7, 2019


Feature 19 – December 7, 2018


Feature 18 – November 26, 2018


Feature 17 – November 12, 2018


Feature 16 – October 30, 2018


Feature 15 – October 16, 2018


Feature 14 – October 2, 2018


Feature 13 – September 18, 2018


Feature 12 – September 4, 2018


Feature 11 – August 20, 2018


Feature 10 – August 6, 2018


Feature 9 – July 24, 2018


Feature 8 – July 9, 2018


Feature 7 – June 26, 2018


Feature 6 – June 8, 2018


Feature 5 – May 29, 2018


Feature 4 – May15, 2018


Feature 3 – May 1, 2018


Feature 2 – April 17, 2018


Feature 1 – April 3, 2018

Hank Balch is the cofounder and principal consultant of Beyond Clean. He began his career in instrument reprocessing as a technician and has served as an instrument database specialist, department manager, and system director for various SPDs across the country. Hank is an award-winning sterile processing leader, twice nominated for IAHCSMM president, founder of two state-wide IAHCSMM chapters, conference speaker, and well-known industry writer.

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