Safety & Quality

I’m taking my ball, bat and joint implants and going home

By Dr. James Ketterhagen Earlier this fall, a news article caught my eye as an example of one surgeon’s rather dramatic and apparently emotional response to a perceived challenge to his autonomy in practicing his craft. According to the article, an orthopedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital is removing his practice from the Clinic because Read More >

Leading and Navigating Change with Team Charters

Part of the “Project Management Essentials” series by Susan Bisol, Director Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) defines project management as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project.” A project goes through a number of phases characterized by a distinct set Read More >

Look-back Shows Sustainable CSSD Compliance, Safety Gains

The client Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top hospitals in the nation, this 300-bed midwestern community hospital provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services from emergency, cardiac and critical care to orthopedic, childbirth and other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The challenge With the recent publication of Read More >

7 Training Tips to Ensure Your CSSD Excels

By Derek Mudd As an expert in medical device reprocessing, I work with CSSD in hospitals and healthcare systems across the country to ensure their staff, processes and workflows operate at peak efficiency. Here, I share some of my top tips that I deploy in the departments I lead. If your department doesn’t conduct monthly Read More >

CSSD Certification Legislation – Building a Foundation for Ongoing Training

By Derek Mudd Three out of 50. Only three states – New York, New Jersey and most recently Connecticut – have passed legislation requiring certification of CSSD techs. This low number comes despite years of effort by the CSSD professional organization IAHCSMM, which has worked tirelessly not only to educate the public and lawmakers about Read More >