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84. ST91 – Part 2 of 6: High Risk Endoscopes, Manual Disinfection, and Sterilization

Whether you’re a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you!

In this episode, Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock explains what “high-risk endoscopes” are within ST91, why the standards now recommend moving away from “manual disinfection” of flexible scopes, and the push for the industry to move towards sterilization.

83. ST91 – Part 1 of 6: What is ST91? An Introduction to Flexible Endoscope Standards

Whether you’re a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you! Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock introduces us to the newest AAMI standard for flexible endoscope processing, ST91. From the background and history of the standard, to what the language in this document means, this is a perfect introduction for those who want to learn more about ST91.

80. Sourcing Solutions from Multiple Vendors in SPD

The pandemic certainly changed a lot in our world, but one thing it exposed for us in Central Service was the weaknesses in our supply chains and our ability to survive without our needed supplies. In this episode, guest Jamie Terran outlines the need for us to expand our supply chains and create relationships with multiple vendors so we be flexible and react quickly to our facilities’ needs. A must listen for anyone involved in their facilities purchasing decisions!

79. Psychological Safety and Forming the Multidisciplinary Team

In this epidode, Kevin and Adam speak to Marjorie Wall and Joseph Avila, both Directors at Memorial Hermann Health System in Texas. Don’t miss this essential talk on the importance of “psychological safety” in the sterile processing department, and how Marjorie and Joseph used it to create a multidisciplinary team that accomplished amazing things! Bonus, learn how partnering with a local school can give you a pipeline of educated sterile processing technicians. No more travelers needed!


About Instructor

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a Clinical Education Coordinator for Healthmark Industries. He is a registered nurse (BSN) with multiple certifications including CNOR, CRCST, CHL, CIS and CER. Before joining Healthmark Industries, Kevin worked for 18 years in the acute care setting serving in various clinical and leadership capacities including clinical coordinator of general surgery, operating room manager and manager of sterile processing and endoscopy services. His sterile processing team was recognized with IAHCSMM’s Confidence Builder Award for their outstanding quality improvement in 2018.

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