Category: Blog

Bring New Life to Discolored Stainless Steel Instruments

Your eyes don’t lie Stainless steel is a durable metal used for most surgical instruments, designed to help them withstand a tough existence. They are exposed to all manner of organic and inorganic matter. They sit in soiled piles inside trays waiting for decontamination. Some are exposed to damaging chemicals, like alkaline detergents and even… Read more »

A Case of Habit & Expectations

Things that make you go hmmm… We’ve all experienced an occasion where we shift into autopilot. Perhaps you are driving to visit a friend one morning and a short time later you find yourself pulling up to your work. Your brain followed its habitual driving route without you being conscious of it. You’ve probably heard… Read more »

Understanding Shelf Life in the SPD

Why These Basics are Essential Working in the Sterile Processing Department is so much more important than it may seem from the outside. A successful SPD professional pays constant attention to detail, is all about teamwork, and has a willingness to engage in continuous learning. Detailed information comes in the form of guidelines, recommended practices,… Read more »

Cleaning vs. Disinfection

A Critical Distinction One of the most critical distinctions in all of sterile processing is the difference between cleaning and disinfection. Why? Because it can determine the success or failure of device reprocessing and is a critical aspect of patient safety. Cleaning = Soil Removal Cleaning removes soil from instruments. Ingredients in detergents help loosen… Read more »

Get Ready for the Future: Case Medical Implements UDI for Tracking and Tracing

Bar Codes, Bar Codes Everywhere You may have seen bar codes popping up on all sorts of medical devices and supplies in the last several years, including 2D barcodes on the SteriTite® Universal Sealed Container System. Maybe you’ve heard about how these unique device identifiers will eventually help streamline complex work processes, eliminate human error,… Read more »

H2O Instructions for Use

Water for Decontamination of Medical Devices Overview:  Water that is safe to drink may not be appropriate for processing surgical instruments.  Tap water may contain toxins, hazardous chemicals, hard water ions and microorganisms.  Even treated water can be a concern when it is not pure. Water treated by softening contains saline (salt) which is corrosive… Read more »

Get Ready for Some Pre-Spring Pre-Cleaning

Brush Up on the Basics According to the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, an early spring is supposed to be just around the corner. And for many of us, that means spring cleaning season is not far behind. On the other hand, the outside temperatures here in New Jersey are still very cold and piles of… Read more »

The Importance of the Safer Choice Label

What’s Inside Does Matter Product labeling can be technical and difficult to understand. This is true for ice cream, frozen meals, shampoo, home cleaning products, and cleaners used in the Sterile Processing Department. You shouldn’t need a degree in chemistry to understand whether the products you use at home or in your work environment is… Read more »

The Care and Handling of Medical Devices

Free CE-credited education Whether as simple as a scalpel or as complex as a flexible endoscope or robotic surgical system, every surgical instrument owned by a healthcare facility represents an investment. And each investment requires appropriate care and maintenance to ensure a long, useful life. Taking care of your first car Think back to your… Read more »