Tag Archives: Sterilization

Michele DeMeo: Why Professional Conferences Matter

May 8, 2014

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As a former manager for a sterile processing unit and a private consultant, I have had the unique privilege of having both presented and attended sessions at various conferences over the years. Professional conferences have so many advantages and just a couple of challenges. The benefits so far outweigh any negative, I cannot recommend them […]

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Jeanine Beisel: Going Behind the Scenes in a Modern Hospital

November 25, 2013

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a tour of the University of Maryland Medical Center. The tour was organized by AAMI member Inhel Rekik, senior clinical engineer at that facility, and Cliff Bernier, a director in the AAMI Standards Department.  I’ve worked on webinars about central sterile processing (CSP) and others healthcare technology […]

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Susan Gillespie: A ‘Must-Read’ on Reprocessing

September 19, 2012

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It has been nearly a year since the AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit, and several new AAMI work items that came out of the summit are under way: A small group has been working hard all year to draft new technical information report (TIR) on endoscope reprocessing. And this fall, AAMI will begin work on […]

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Michele DeMeo: A Challenge to Sterile Processing Managers

July 20, 2012

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CJD: Have you challenged your policy and procedure? Yes, we have. The occurrence of prion or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy contamination, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), is a once in a lifetime event — if it occurs at your facility.  However, if it does, it is likely to be one of those events that just could be […]

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Mary Logan: How You Can Improve Reprocessing

April 27, 2012

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What’s your role with the management of scopes? At a minimum, you are probably following The Joint Commission’s request that you inventory them. Attendees at last October’s AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit contributed tips and lessons learned that led to a list of 10 Things Your Organization Can Do Now to Improve Reprocessing. The tips, […]

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Martha Young: Follow Recommended Practices With Steam Sterilization

March 15, 2012

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Not too long ago, I had discussions with operating room nurses, infection preventionists, and sterile process personnel who say their management does not think their institutions needs to follow the recommended practice in ANSI/AAMI ST79:2010 & A1:2010 & A2:2011 (consolidated text), Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, because they do not […]

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