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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 >

ECRI, CDC, FDA urge action to address public health issue

Are your medical device reprocessing operations compliant and safe? Novia’s medical device reprocessing checklist and audit will help. The Problem: medical device reprocessing The ECRI Institute has named flexible endoscope reprocessing as the No. 1 health technology hazard. This report came on the heels of the CDC Health Advisory and FDA Safety Communication, which also Read More >

CSSD professionals: Is Your Elevator Speech Ready?

By Derek Mudd A recent article included in Becker’s Hospital Review told the story of a hospital that had lost its CMS accreditation due to findings that the facility had “ongoing and repeated immediate jeopardy citations”. I began reading the story assuming the issues would consist of to the usual findings – incorrect drug administration Read More >

Semi-Critical Devices: Are You in Compliance?

By Derek Mudd Inadequate reprocessing of reusable devices – both instruments and endoscopes – ranked 4th out of the top 10 Health Technology hazards of 2015, according to the ECRI Institute . Two new communications regarding reprocessing of reusable devices in healthcare facilities have been issued. The first, issued by the CDC in the form Read More >

CDC Health Advisory urges immediate action to address gaps in patient safety

In September 2015, the CDC issued a Health Advisory urging hospitals and healthcare systems to ensure their reprocessing operations comply with the latest focus on regulations and address the “critical gap in patient safety”. This advisory recommends that all facilities and providers that reprocess reusable devices, both critical and semi-critical, immediately conduct organization-wide assessments and Read More >