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Leadership & Management

Weathering the Storm of Staffing Challenges

A storm of staff shortages? It’s more like a hurricane. Finding good staff is one thing, keeping them is another. Join Cody McElroy, Manager of Sterile Processing at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Aaron “Cody” Troutt, Director of Central Sterile at Williamson Medical Center, as they discuss ways to engage and retain staff in during this tumultuous time.

Objectives:

    • Implementing a meaningful reward system through personal motivators
    • Engaging Customers to motivate staff performance
    • Mentoring to increase staff performance
    • Using tactics to retain high-performing staff members   


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    Leadership & Management

    The WHY behind WHAT we do - A Focus on Quality in SPD

    Seeing a tidal wave of case carts. Listening to complaints from the OR. Rushing to process devices. It’s easy to forget the real reason sterile processing exists: The Patient. Join Karen Owens Director of Clinical Education with STERIS, as we celebrate SPD week and are reminded of the WHY behind WHAT we do and how sterile processing makes a difference to the Patient.


    Objectives for this course are:

    • Identify the “why” behind the role of sterile processing in patient care
    • Discuss key practices that help sterile processing provide quality products to customers
    • Explain the direct connection between quality processes in sterile processing and excellent patient outcomes

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    Leadership & Management

    Water. The Life's Blood of Sterile Processing

    Water is used in every application of medical device processing,. Without it, processing stops. You could say, it is the life’s blood of the processing department. Just as routine blood tests capture health problems, water tests capture quality issues that lead to processing problems. Let John Smith show you the routine water tests that find the processing problems lurking in your water.

    Objectives:

    ·       List the properties of pure water

    ·       Describe the impact water impurities have on sterile processing activities

    ·       List methods of water testing for impurities of concern


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  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Leadership & Management

    Establishing a Vision for Professional Growth
    Where do you want to be in 5 years? Planning your professional growth begins with You. Join our team of Clinical Education Specialists as they relate the steps to creating a professional growth plan that will get you where you want to be.
     Objectives:
    • Ascertain desirable characteristics of typical sterile processing professional positions
     • Develop a plan for professional growth
    • List resources that can help with professional growth
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    Leadership & Management

    Make Tracking Software Your Workflow Partner

    Sterilized, complete, and on time...easier said than done. Every sterile processing supervisor/manager strives to reach and maintain this goal, but do you know how consistently it is reached, or areas for improvement? Join Mark Capel (Chief Digital Officer with STERIS) as he translates the data found in workflow systems into actionable quality improvement initiatives.

    Course Objectives: 

    • List ways that workflow software helps SPD respond in real-time for the unexpected needs of the operating room
    • Identify key workflow features that support technician competency
    • Develop reports and tools to improve Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost

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  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Lean Measurements You Can Brag About
    Operating like a well-oiled machine is great but being able to brag about it is better. Join John Kimsey, V.P. Processing Optimization and Customer Success, as he shares his formula for a lean SPD and the measurements that prove it!

    Objectives:
    • Describe the key principles of a Lean SPD.
    • List the key measurements used to monitor lean SPD progress.
    • Implement lean measurements.
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    Leadership & Management

    Are You Ready To Attract the New Workforce?

    With a shrinking workforce, how do you fill open sterile processing positions? By creating a workplace that employees want to be. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how workforce needs are changing and tactics you need to hire and keep sterile processing personnel. 

    Objectives:

    • List similarities and differences between the traditional and non-traditional workforce
    • Describe three management activities that build a technician focused department
    • Articulate methods to implement workplace flexibility, create a culture of safety, and improve work expectations within sterile processing


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    Leadership & Management

    Water Quality for Reprocessing Medical Devices - Study Guide

    What’s in your water could be hurting patients. Poor quality water can damage devices, decrease cleaning efficacy, and interfere with disinfection and sterilization. Water may harbor bacteria or endotoxins that can have deadly consequences. Finding water quality issues and starting measures to correct them is a collaborative effort between sterile processing staff and those that maintain the water quality. Learn what makes good quality water and how to implement it for the processing of medical devices.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify types and causes of damage to device surfaces that can impact patient outcomes.
    • Name the levels of water quality necessary for specific steps in device cleaning, rinsing and steam sterilization.
    • Describe the types of water treatment systems used in device reprocessing.

  • (1959)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Leadership & Management

    QMS for the SPD

    It’s another phone call. It’s not the OR yelling about a missing instrument. It’s not a late loaned instrument set. This time it’s the audit room. The auditor just asked about a missing biological indicator test result. All three calls may have been avoided with a good quality management system (QMS), but do you know what a QMS is? Let us introduce you to Quality Management Systems for the Sterile Processing Department.


    Objectives:

    • List the components of a quality management system
    • Identify elements specific for a sterile processing quality management system
    • Incorporate standards, guidance, and regulations into quality management systems


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    Leadership & Management

    Process Management and Control in a Healthcare Operation - Study Guide

    The daily journey of navigating the department's processes and meeting Customer requirements would be daunting if not for quality systems, specifically, quality management systems. A quality management system (QMS) can be viewed as the department's foundation and framework to include instructions, procedures, and resources to support quality management. Over the years, quality systems have matured into applications seeking transparency, reproducibility as well as Customer satisfaction as a result of systematic thinking, auditing and documentation. Today, health care facilities are credentialed by a number of organizations under the watchful eye of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). These organizations will review a health care facility's documentation for completeness and observe the processes for which procedures and instructions are documented.

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    Leadership & Management

    The Challenges of Prion Decontamination

    Prions are the protein-based, transmissible causative agents of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (or prion diseases). Prion diseases present a unique risk because although they are not considered contagious they can be transmitted between patients via tissues and reusable medical device surfaces because prions are highly resistant to decontamination. Understanding these diseases is important in the development of facility policies to reduce patient and staff risks. Therefore, it is imperative the Sterile Processing Department (SPD), Operating Room and other department’s supporting clinical and surgical interventions understand these diseases when developing policy and procedures for the use and reprocessing of medical devices.

    Course Objectives:

    • Introduction to the prions and prion diseases
    • Explain the risks associated with prion decontamination
    • Review what steps a facility should take to review the risk of prion transmission on reusable devices"

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    Leadership & Management

    Loaned Instrument Tray Management - A Shared Responsibility

    The use of loaned instrumentation varies by each facility, but these days everyone uses loaned trays of some sort, at some time. Proper management and processing of these instruments is critical to patient safety.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify the impact on patient safety when loaner trays are mismanaged and improperly reprocessed.
    • Discuss IAHCSMM’s loaner policy and documents available to support implementing a structured process.

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    Leadership & Management

    Keeping Your House Clean - Sprucing Up Your Instrument Tracking Database

    Are you interested in cutting the clutter and tidying up your sterile processing tracking system or instrument and set database? Profit from the benefits of a well-managed, clean database. Route out redundancies, inaccuracies, and other data fallacies with reports that make it easy. Include everyday management techniques to keep it clean.

    Course Objectives: 

    • Understand the attributes of a clean database
    • Identify the four rules of master database management
    • Recognize the types of reports that are most helpful for data clean

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    Leadership & Management

    Sterilization Failures - How They Fit Into Your QMS Program

    Why wait for a sterilization failure to happen to improve sterilization processes? Quality management systems (QMS) provides proven methods to find and treat potential problems and sterilization failure. This program will show how sterilization failures fit into your department’s QMS.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify sterilization failures
    • Identify preventive actions to prevent sterilization failures
    • Identify how sterilization failures fit into the departmental Quality Management System (QMS) program

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    Leadership & Management

    Collaboration Learning - Social Media, Friend or Foe of the Healthcare System

    Join Pamela for a free CE webinar to learn training and education techniques and how technology can help you develop a successful learning program. 

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify historical training and education techniques
    • Understand how new technology can assist in ongoing education and learning
    • Identify challenges moving into a more technology-based learning platform
    • Identify tips on how to navigate and develop a successful learning program in the social media age

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    Leadership & Management

    A Systematic Approach to Replace Hospital Ethylene Oxide - Study Guide

    Moving away from ethylene oxide sterilization in sterile processing may seem complicated and overwhelming. Choosing a different process, confirming devices can be sterilized, safety, training, installation, and quality assurance are just a few considerations. How should a department supervisor move forward with the change? Using a systematic approach to evaluate options and manage the change process can simplify and ease the switch.

    Course Objectives: 

    • Identify important considerations when evaluating a new low temperature sterilization process 
    • Prepare for implementation of a low temperature sterilization process

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    Leadership & Management

    Air Management - What Does It Mean to SPD?

    Are you positive about your positive pressure rooms? Join Lisa Huber BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, ACE, FCS, CQIA (Clinical Education Specialist – Midwest Region with STERIS) as she reviews the equipment, processes, and guidelines needed to control the air pressure in your Sterile Processing Department.

    Course Objectives:

    • Match air pressure requirements to facility rooms
    • Identify the components within the air management system
    • List ways to manage air pressure within SPD

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