Surgery

The Impact of Relative Humidity on Sterile Surgical Supplies

The increased scrutiny of sterilization and disinfection of reusable medical devices also requires healthcare providers to review how relative humidity (RH) in their ORs may affect the performance of some equipment and supplies routinely used in surgery. On January 5, 2015, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) coordinated the release of a 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 >

OR Efficiency: It Starts with Governance

Next in an OR efficiency series by Bill Denton, COO There are a number of influencing factors that affect and determine operating room efficiency. ORs are becoming increasingly complex with many moving parts: patients and families, technology, supplies and the surgical team, just to start. In my last post, ‘Is My OR Efficient?,’ – the first 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 >