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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 19 – December 7, 2018
Healthcare Starts with Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Sterile Processing People

Feature 18 – Posted November 26, 2018
Master Inventory Lists: The Key to Mastering Sterile Processing Compliance

Feature 17 – Posted November 12, 2018
7 Habits of Highly Effective Sterile Processing Departments

Feature 16 – Posted October 30, 2018
To Match or Not to Match: The Rigid Container Workflow Debate

Feature 15 – Posted October 16, 2018
Small But Mighty: 4 Tips on Ensuring Your Little CS/SPD Has a Big Impact

Feature 14 – Posted October 2, 2018
Mission: Possible

Feature 13 – Posted September 18, 2018
Conquering the Culture of Catastrophe: Making Changes Before It’s Too Late, part 2

Feature 12 – Posted September 4, 2018
Conquering the Culture of Catastrophe: Making Changes Before It’s Too Late, part 1

Feature 11 – Posted August 20, 2018
Plugged-In and Processing: Smart Home, Why Not Smart CS/SPD?

Feature 10 – Posted August 6, 2018
Here’s Your Sign: The Power and Purpose of Visual Aids in Your CS/SPD Workflow

Feature 9 – Posted July 24, 2018
Insufficient for Understanding: Are IFUs Failing Us or Are We Failing Them?

Feature 8 – Posted July 9, 2018
Always Sunny in Sterile Processing: The Real Meaning of Light Duty

Feature 7 – Posted June 26, 2018
Ultrasonic Royalty: Ten Keys to Crowning Your Department the Kings and Queens of Clean

Feature 6 – Posted June 8, 2018
The Anatomy of an A+ Instrument Count Sheet

Feature 5 – Posted May 29, 2018
Four Secrets to Declaring a Cease-Fire in Your Sterile Processing Shift Wars

Feature 4 – Posted May15, 2018
The Devil’s in the Details: The Three Cs of Department Documentation

Feature 3 – Posted May 1, 2018
In Defense of Oversight: How Better Supervision Can Guard Your High Performers and Improve Your SPD

Feature 2 – Posted April 17, 2018
Dangerous Decontam: Is Your Department Design Hurting Your People?

Feature 1 – Posted April 3, 2018
The Other SPD Cleaning That’s Just As Important: Workspace Cleaning 2.0


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