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Beyond Clean Podcast

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Beyond Clean Podcast
Beyond Clean Podcast

Beyond Clean Podcast

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Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right -- every instrument, every time. The team at Beyond Clean will bring on some of the biggest names in surgical instrument reprocessing and provide commentary on the biggest issues facing Sterile Processing professionals, facilities, administrators, manufacturers, and vendors. Join us every week as we explore the hidden world of one of the most important aspect of safe surgical care. ABOUT THE HOSTS:About Hank BalchBalch currently serves as the President of the South Texas Association of Sterile Processing Services (STASPS) and is the System Director for Sterile Processing at University Health System in San Antonio, TX. His SPD department at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY was named the "2016 CS/SPD Department of the Year" by Healthcare Purchasing news, and he was recently nominated for the 2017 President-Elect of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Balch has published over 80 articles and commentary taking a creative look at CS/SPD issues, and has been printed in Becker’s Hospital Review, AAMI News, Infection Control Today, Healthcare Purchasing News, and The Tuttnauer Blog. About Justin PoulinJustin Poulin is the Vice President of Sales at Green Security LLC, where he overseas Field Sales Operations and GPO/IDN relationships and is a Clinical Operations Executive with Northfield Medical. He has over 20 years in the Medical/Surgical industry both as a Registered Nurse and Regional Vice President with Spectrum Surgical Instruments, a specialty division of Steris Corp which later became Integrated Medical Systems, Inc. He is an active supporter and participant in Regional AHRMM and IAHCSMM chapters and has presented educational programs at both the AORN and IAHCSMM annual national conferences. He is currently the Education Chair for SEPAC, a professional membership organization focusing on the healthcare resource and materials management field and serving the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware areas. Justin has exceptional leadership qualities with management experience in Sales, Clinical, and Field Operations.

Latest Episodes

The Safe Surgery Initiative: Providing Safe Instruments for Life-Saving Surgeries Around the World- Keith Miles

On the coast of Africa, standing on the deck of a Mercy Ship hospital, one individual looked out on the horizon as thousands of people lined up to receive medical care. It was a transformative moment; A moment that would be the genesis for the creation of the Safe Surgery Initiative (SSI).This week we sit down and talk withKeith Miles, Executive Director of SSI. What started off as a two week mission became a lifelong passion to provide safe surgical instruments.

35 MIN14 h ago
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The Safe Surgery Initiative: Providing Safe Instruments for Life-Saving Surgeries Around the World- Keith Miles

Coloring in the Lines: Reasons and Risks of Medical Device Colorants - Thor Rollins

In Sterile Processing departments surrounded on all sides by stainless steel, color tends to jump out at us. Whether it's a green handle on an insertion device, a red knee trial, or purple implant plating system, it's not uncommon to see little splashes of color in a number of different instrument trays. On this episode of Beyond Clean, we sit down with Thor Rollins to have a crash course on medical device colorants, and talk about reasons for and risks of coloration on our surgical instrumentation.

32 MIN1 w ago
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Coloring in the Lines: Reasons and Risks of Medical Device Colorants - Thor Rollins

The Team that Data Built: Predictive Staffing in Sterile Processing - Brian Reed

With the medical device world around us changing on a daily basis, why shouldn't we expect our Sterile Processing staffing technologies to change with it? On Episode 2, Season 6 of Beyond Clean, we talk with Brian Reed about predictive staffing in CS/SPD and discuss how data can be leveraged to make staffing decisions for your department that are more than just a good guess.

35 MIN2 w ago
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The Team that Data Built: Predictive Staffing in Sterile Processing - Brian Reed

Real Talk: Working Together for Better Instrument Inspection

On this week's episode, Bob goes into more detail regarding the importance of collaboration with instrument manufacturers and repair specialists in developing high quality inspection programs in your Sterile Processing department. Tune in for insight and encouragement to #WorkTogetherForChange.

5 MIN2 w ago
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Real Talk: Working Together for Better Instrument Inspection

Fighting Dirty: Who is Thinking about your Trays? An Argument for Instrument Coordinators

How many of your departments have an Instrument Coordinator position? How many of you want one? And how many of you have no idea what we're talking about? Hank makes an argument for creating a role on your Sterile Processing team whose primary focus is all things surgical instrument related. Buying, sourcing, standardizing, back order tracking, OR communicating, count sheet updating, and on and on. One job to rule them all. #InstrumentCoordinator #WhoIsThinkingAboutYourTrays

5 MIN2 w ago
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Fighting Dirty: Who is Thinking about your Trays? An Argument for Instrument Coordinators

Sterile Processing Consulting: Equipping Teams for Excellence - David Taylor

They show up at your department with clipboard in hand, taking notes as they walk through your processes, and ask a ton of questions. Who are they and what are they doing? On this Season 6 kickoff episode of Beyond Clean, we talk with David Taylor about the world of hospital consulting, zeroing in on those unique souls who call themselves Sterile Processing consultants.

37 MIN3 w ago
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Sterile Processing Consulting: Equipping Teams for Excellence - David Taylor

Real Talk: Surgical Instrument Assembly - We Inspect so Surgeons Can Save

On this week's episode, Bob discusses the vital important of surgical instrument inspection during the assembly process in Sterile Processing and highlights important steps to keep in mind during this stage in the reprocessing workflow. Tune in to start #InspectingBetter today.

4 MIN3 w ago
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Real Talk: Surgical Instrument Assembly - We Inspect so Surgeons Can Save

Fighting Dirty: Testing the Sharpness of Your Scissors - Cut Out The Excuses

Here we go again, on another one of those "but there's no rule that says I have to!" On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank talks about the common sense reasons you should be testing the sharpness of your scissors, every tray, every time. This isn't about being compliant, it's about being smart -- and being safe. After all, which one of us wants to put ourselves, our child, or our loved ones under anesthesia and then hand the surgeon a dull, burred scissor? #CutTheExcuses #TestTheScissors

5 MIN3 w ago
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Fighting Dirty: Testing the Sharpness of Your Scissors - Cut Out The Excuses

Lindsay Brown: Surgical Instrument Cleaning Brushes

If there were one tool that defined the role of a decontamination technician it would most likely be the surgical instrument cleaning brush. These unassuming weapons of mass microbial destruction are some of the most important tools in your Sterile Processing department, but they can easily be overlooked when it comes to creating policies, procedures, and best-practices that hardwire proper brushing of medical devices during the cleaning stage.

53 MINSEP 23
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Lindsay Brown: Surgical Instrument Cleaning Brushes

Real Talk: Check Marks the Spot - On Checklists & Washers

On this episode of Real Talk w/ Bob Marrs, Bob zeroes in on the power and importance of checklists when dealing with your instrument washing process. The airline industry uses checklists all the time to ensure safety for their pilots, equipment, and passengers -- there's no reason Sterile Processing couldn't do the same. Tune in to hear why Bob is so passionate about checklists and see below for a few examples that your team could use! #ChecklistsWork

3 MINSEP 18
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Real Talk: Check Marks the Spot - On Checklists & Washers

Latest Episodes

The Safe Surgery Initiative: Providing Safe Instruments for Life-Saving Surgeries Around the World- Keith Miles

On the coast of Africa, standing on the deck of a Mercy Ship hospital, one individual looked out on the horizon as thousands of people lined up to receive medical care. It was a transformative moment; A moment that would be the genesis for the creation of the Safe Surgery Initiative (SSI).This week we sit down and talk withKeith Miles, Executive Director of SSI. What started off as a two week mission became a lifelong passion to provide safe surgical instruments.

35 MIN14 h ago
Comments
The Safe Surgery Initiative: Providing Safe Instruments for Life-Saving Surgeries Around the World- Keith Miles

Coloring in the Lines: Reasons and Risks of Medical Device Colorants - Thor Rollins

In Sterile Processing departments surrounded on all sides by stainless steel, color tends to jump out at us. Whether it's a green handle on an insertion device, a red knee trial, or purple implant plating system, it's not uncommon to see little splashes of color in a number of different instrument trays. On this episode of Beyond Clean, we sit down with Thor Rollins to have a crash course on medical device colorants, and talk about reasons for and risks of coloration on our surgical instrumentation.

32 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Coloring in the Lines: Reasons and Risks of Medical Device Colorants - Thor Rollins

The Team that Data Built: Predictive Staffing in Sterile Processing - Brian Reed

With the medical device world around us changing on a daily basis, why shouldn't we expect our Sterile Processing staffing technologies to change with it? On Episode 2, Season 6 of Beyond Clean, we talk with Brian Reed about predictive staffing in CS/SPD and discuss how data can be leveraged to make staffing decisions for your department that are more than just a good guess.

35 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Team that Data Built: Predictive Staffing in Sterile Processing - Brian Reed

Real Talk: Working Together for Better Instrument Inspection

On this week's episode, Bob goes into more detail regarding the importance of collaboration with instrument manufacturers and repair specialists in developing high quality inspection programs in your Sterile Processing department. Tune in for insight and encouragement to #WorkTogetherForChange.

5 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Real Talk: Working Together for Better Instrument Inspection

Fighting Dirty: Who is Thinking about your Trays? An Argument for Instrument Coordinators

How many of your departments have an Instrument Coordinator position? How many of you want one? And how many of you have no idea what we're talking about? Hank makes an argument for creating a role on your Sterile Processing team whose primary focus is all things surgical instrument related. Buying, sourcing, standardizing, back order tracking, OR communicating, count sheet updating, and on and on. One job to rule them all. #InstrumentCoordinator #WhoIsThinkingAboutYourTrays

5 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Fighting Dirty: Who is Thinking about your Trays? An Argument for Instrument Coordinators

Sterile Processing Consulting: Equipping Teams for Excellence - David Taylor

They show up at your department with clipboard in hand, taking notes as they walk through your processes, and ask a ton of questions. Who are they and what are they doing? On this Season 6 kickoff episode of Beyond Clean, we talk with David Taylor about the world of hospital consulting, zeroing in on those unique souls who call themselves Sterile Processing consultants.

37 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Sterile Processing Consulting: Equipping Teams for Excellence - David Taylor

Real Talk: Surgical Instrument Assembly - We Inspect so Surgeons Can Save

On this week's episode, Bob discusses the vital important of surgical instrument inspection during the assembly process in Sterile Processing and highlights important steps to keep in mind during this stage in the reprocessing workflow. Tune in to start #InspectingBetter today.

4 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Real Talk: Surgical Instrument Assembly - We Inspect so Surgeons Can Save

Fighting Dirty: Testing the Sharpness of Your Scissors - Cut Out The Excuses

Here we go again, on another one of those "but there's no rule that says I have to!" On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank talks about the common sense reasons you should be testing the sharpness of your scissors, every tray, every time. This isn't about being compliant, it's about being smart -- and being safe. After all, which one of us wants to put ourselves, our child, or our loved ones under anesthesia and then hand the surgeon a dull, burred scissor? #CutTheExcuses #TestTheScissors

5 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Fighting Dirty: Testing the Sharpness of Your Scissors - Cut Out The Excuses

Lindsay Brown: Surgical Instrument Cleaning Brushes

If there were one tool that defined the role of a decontamination technician it would most likely be the surgical instrument cleaning brush. These unassuming weapons of mass microbial destruction are some of the most important tools in your Sterile Processing department, but they can easily be overlooked when it comes to creating policies, procedures, and best-practices that hardwire proper brushing of medical devices during the cleaning stage.

53 MINSEP 23
Comments
Lindsay Brown: Surgical Instrument Cleaning Brushes

Real Talk: Check Marks the Spot - On Checklists & Washers

On this episode of Real Talk w/ Bob Marrs, Bob zeroes in on the power and importance of checklists when dealing with your instrument washing process. The airline industry uses checklists all the time to ensure safety for their pilots, equipment, and passengers -- there's no reason Sterile Processing couldn't do the same. Tune in to hear why Bob is so passionate about checklists and see below for a few examples that your team could use! #ChecklistsWork

3 MINSEP 18
Comments
Real Talk: Check Marks the Spot - On Checklists & Washers