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Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right -- every instrument, every time. The team at Beyond Clean will bring on some of the biggest names in surgical instrument reprocessing and provide commentary on the biggest issues facing Sterile Processing professionals, facilities, administrators, manufacturers, and vendors. Join us every week as we explore the hidden world of one of the most important aspect of safe surgical care.

ABOUT THE HOSTS:

About Hank Balch
Balch currently serves as the President of the South Texas Association of Sterile Processing Services (STASPS) and is the System Director for Sterile Processing at University Health System in San Antonio, TX. His SPD department at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY was named the "2016 CS/SPD Department of the Year" by Healthcare Purchasing news, and he was recently nominated for the 2017 President-Elect of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Balch has published over 80 articles and commentary taking a creative look at CS/SPD issues, and has been printed in Becker’s Hospital Review, AAMI News, Infection Control Today, Healthcare Purchasing News, and The Tuttnauer Blog.

About Justin Poulin
Justin Poulin is the Vice President of Sales at Green Security LLC, where he overseas Field Sales Operations and GPO/IDN relationships and is a Clinical Operations Executive with Northfield Medical. He has over 20 years in the Medical/Surgical industry both as a Registered Nurse and Regional Vice President with Spectrum Surgical Instruments, a specialty division of Steris Corp which later became Integrated Medical Systems, Inc. He is an active supporter and participant in Regional AHRMM and IAHCSMM chapters and has presented educational programs at both the AORN and IAHCSMM annual national conferences. He is currently the Education Chair for SEPAC, a professional membership organization focusing on the healthcare resource and materials management field and serving the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware areas. Justin has exceptional leadership qualities with management experience in Sales, Clinical, and Field Operations.

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Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right -- every instrument, every time. The team at Beyond Clean will bring on some of the biggest names in surgical instrument reprocessing and provide commentary on the biggest issues facing Sterile Processing professionals, facilities, administrators, manufacturers, and vendors. Join us every week as we explore the hidden world of one of the most important aspect of safe surgical care.

ABOUT THE HOSTS:

About Hank Balch
Balch currently serves as the President of the South Texas Association of Sterile Processing Services (STASPS) and is the System Director for Sterile Processing at University Health System in San Antonio, TX. His SPD department at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY was named the "2016 CS/SPD Department of the Year" by Healthcare Purchasing news, and he was recently nominated for the 2017 President-Elect of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Balch has published over 80 articles and commentary taking a creative look at CS/SPD issues, and has been printed in Becker’s Hospital Review, AAMI News, Infection Control Today, Healthcare Purchasing News, and The Tuttnauer Blog.

About Justin Poulin
Justin Poulin is the Vice President of Sales at Green Security LLC, where he overseas Field Sales Operations and GPO/IDN relationships and is a Clinical Operations Executive with Northfield Medical. He has over 20 years in the Medical/Surgical industry both as a Registered Nurse and Regional Vice President with Spectrum Surgical Instruments, a specialty division of Steris Corp which later became Integrated Medical Systems, Inc. He is an active supporter and participant in Regional AHRMM and IAHCSMM chapters and has presented educational programs at both the AORN and IAHCSMM annual national conferences. He is currently the Education Chair for SEPAC, a professional membership organization focusing on the healthcare resource and materials management field and serving the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware areas. Justin has exceptional leadership qualities with management experience in Sales, Clinical, and Field Operations.

    Air Traffic Control: The Complex World of Temperature, Humidity and Airflow in Surgical Services - David Schurk

    Air Traffic Control: The Complex World of Temperature, Humidity and Airflow in Surgical Services - David Schurk

    As healthcare professionals, we go to great lengths to make sure that our Operating Rooms are safe and that the sterility of medical devices is maintained to prevent harm to patients. What if, after all that effort, the culprit for spreading illness is actually your HVAC system? We talk to HVAC expert, David Schurk, about a topic that has been top of mind for healthcare professionals everywhere in recent months- MOLD! and all things temperature, humidity and airflow in surgical services.

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    What Happened in Vegas: A Story About the Heart of Sterile Processing in the Midst of Tragedy-Dwayne Taylor

    What Happened in Vegas: A Story About the Heart of Sterile Processing in the Midst of Tragedy-Dwayne Taylor

    On October 1, 2017 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on Route 91 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Little did this week's podcast guest know that the training he pursued in the military and surgical services would set him up for success finding organization in the midst of tragedy and chaos. Tune in now to this new episode of Beyond Clean where we interview Dwayne Taylor about the pivotal role he played that horrifying night.

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    Thinking Inside the Box: New FDA Claims on Multiple Tray Sterilization Technology

    Thinking Inside the Box: New FDA Claims on Multiple Tray Sterilization Technology

    Many hospitals have the same complaints: turnover times are too slow, delays or case cancellations due to holes in wraps and wet loads, throughput issues, the list goes on. Multiple tray sterilization technology affords the opportunity to sterilize multiple trays for one patient’s procedure all at once- no lids, no wrap- just increased efficiency of sterilized instrumentation. During this episode we will take this advanced technology one step further…Listen now for the most recent FDA clearance claims.

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    A Winning Plan: Making Process Improvement Possible - Marjorie Wall

    A Winning Plan: Making Process Improvement Possible - Marjorie Wall

    This first episode of Season 7 we talk with a Mathematics major on a full scholarship-turned-Sterile Processing Leader about a cultural shift that looks at the processes that are in place that set your staff up for failure or success. Marjorie Wall talks us through planning for process improvements in a way that will gain support and engagement from frontline staff as well as gain financial and budgetary resources from administration.

    • 30 min
    ISO Certification for SPD Departments & AAMI/ASTM Updates: Ralph Basile

    ISO Certification for SPD Departments & AAMI/ASTM Updates: Ralph Basile

    Regulators want it, healthcare facilities want it, medical device manufacturers want it...what if surgical instrument validation was actually geared toward a specific standard protocol? This re-released Season 1 episode features one of the biggest names in sterile processing, Ralph Basile, who talks with Justin Poulin, Michael Matthews and Hank Balch about all things ISO certification and AAMI/ASTM. Learn how you can get involved in the important decisions being made in today's healthcare environment.

    • 36 min
    Third Party Instrument Repair: AMDSO & "The Right to Repair" Debate

    Third Party Instrument Repair: AMDSO & "The Right to Repair" Debate

    Surgical instrument repair questions are such an important part of everything that we do as sterile processing professionals. David Anbari joins us to talk about preventative maintenance, accessibility and the mobile aspect of third party repair services. Who are the people repairing instrumentation and what's the difference between third party repair and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair in terms of quality? David addresses these questions and more.

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The boy and the skeleton ,

Senior Educator

The information given is priceless and I’m glad there is a forum we can hear such insightful information

shanasnana96 ,

Very well said.

This podcast is delivered in a concise, intelligent manner that is easy to listen to as well as informative. Mr. Webb is so easy to listen to and knows his subject well.

SPD_SuperNerd ,

Amazing show!

Really top notch show that needs to be out there for all healthcare professionals!

I really prefer when the shows are a bit more technical in nature as wish the two part series on steam Sterilization. I don’t care too much for the infomercial type shows that really do nothing but push an unproven and untested product on the audience. The steam Sterilization show, however, was outstanding and highly informative!

Would like to hear more shows regarding different peer reviewed scientific studies and meta analysis on infection prevention, lean process, workflow analysis, dealing with difficult conversations, highly resistant and even hostile culture towards change within the Operating room and sterile Processing Departmemt etc...

Great Job!

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