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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 »

Top 3 Reasons to Use our Endoscopy Bedside Kit

Pre-cleaning can be quick and easy Pre-cleaning flexible endoscopes is critical to successful cleaning and further reprocessing. And time is of the essence. Make it quick and easy to pre-clean immediately after the procedure at point of use with the Case Medical Endoscopy Bedside Kit. Each carton includes supplies for pre-cleaning 12 endoscopes—with a pack… Read more »

ECRI 2019 Top 10 Hazards: Return of the Endoscopes

Endoscope reprocessing a familiar topic with 11th appearance on hazards list Endoscope Reprocessing continues to challenge healthcare administrators, providers, and sterile processing departments. Landing in the #5 spot on the ECRI Institute’s 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards, endoscope reprocessing makes its 11th all time appearance on the list. This year the ECRI focus is:… Read more »

Is “Busy” Getting in the Way of Safe?

Integrity Protects Patients from “I’m so busy” Lately it seems “I’m so busy” is the new badge of honor. Over-scheduled and over-committed is the new normal. When people who are busy believe that “everything is important”, then, as the old adage goes, “nothing is important.” It’s time to reset and focus on doing the truly… Read more »