The Value Technicians Bring To Their Team And The Money They Save Their Hospitals
- Discuss the common assumptions behind value and roles in the hospital setting.
- Describe how Sterile Processing technicians can reduce costs, remove waste, and increase profit for hospitals.
- Outline techniques for aligning culture and buy-in from technicians to focus on their own financial value.
- Attendees will gain new strategies for advocating for themselves and fellow technicians based on their contributions.
October 4, 2022
10am PT | 1pm ET
This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA (formerly IAHCSMM).
Hope is not a strategy, but where do we start? It is time to create a professional foundation to help Sterile Processing technicians gain real traction in their professional development. This session will discuss how through intentional and purposeful planning, SP technicians will not only be able to reach their goals but have a clear understanding of why they want to achieve them. Get ready to discover how a professional foundation is pivotal to our industry’s success and our patients’ safety!
Sarah B. Cruz is a certified CSPDT, CRCST, CHL, and a #CSSNerd!
As a Quality Education Program Development Coordinator for Central Sterile, she creates and institutes Sterile Processing education programs. Through collaboration with leadership and goal planning sessions with upper-level management, Sarah creates quality management systems and implements programs to onboard new employees. Develop competencies, create department culture, certify staff, develop LEAN process improvements, and apply industry standards of best practices.
As a Sterile Processing instructor for a local community college, she creates and instructs certification programs designed to help develop sound foundations that new technicians can use in the new Sterile Processing careers.
As the founder and President of PRETREAT CSS, Sarah provides career mentorship and professional development strategies. With objective-driven goal planning and creating real physical indicators of success, Sarah helps Sterile Processing professionals put the CSS in their SUCCESS. Sarah brings the industry to the frontline by speaking and writing and is ready to show the healthcare industry why Sterile Processing is the heart of the hospital!
Limiting Mindsets and the Other Stuff Holding You Back
Let’s be real. A lot of…”stuff” can hold us back. Even stuff we aren’t aware of. This presentation is going to be an exploration of common limiting mindsets that prevent personal and professional growth. Once we’ve recognized our limiting mindsets, that’s only the beginning. We then have the challenge of pushing past them. By the end, you’ll have the tools to help you take an introspective look at where you’re at as a professional right now and how you can actively achieve what’s next. Are you a stressed-out individual? Yeah, me too. So we’ll also talk about short and long-term ways to calm down. Deep breaths, ya’ll, this is going to be a fun one!
I am a people person. I love making connections, sharing insights, and learning from others. I am the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Beyond Clean. I’m a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) and a Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) through CBSPD. I’ve been an active part of the sterile processing industry as a speaker at medical facilities and educational seminars around the United States and Canada. I have educated healthcare personnel on fundamental and progressive industry topics.
I contributed as a writer to the Certified Endoscope Reprocessing Technician manual through HSPA. I’ve fulfilled roles as Marketing Manager, Clinical Education Manager, and Senior Sales Representative. I am skilled in Food & Beverage, Sales, Medical Devices, Sales Operations, and Purchase Contracts. I hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Speech Communications from the College of St. Catherine.
I like coffee, being outside, and surrounding myself with people I can learn from. On a personal note, my three kids, husband, and birth doula business fill my cup the rest of the way.
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This guide will assist you in understanding AAMI standards, guidelines, and proper techniques for steam sterilization wrap and packaging. It will help you understand the types of packaging suitable for sterilization and the best practices for each use. This guide will also discuss the AST (Association of Surgical Technologists) Standards of Practice for packaging and preparing items for sterilization.
It’s no secret, Sterile Processing is experiencing the great job resignation. With so many frontline technicians hanging up their bouffant, many managers and leaders are left wondering, how do I retain and engage my remaining employees? This presentation will dive deep into how growing engagement in the workplace is vital to department success. It will identify the actionable steps both leaders and employees can take to increase employee engagement among staff and the department. You are not going to want to miss this engaging session!
Jardin Carlton, CSPM, CSPDT, CFER
Manager of Education and Quality Assurance
Strong Memorial Hospital
Jardin Carlton is the Education & Quality Assurance Manager at Strong Memorial Hospital. In his role, Jardin is responsible for training and providing staff with ongoing education opportunities. To be successful in his position, Jardin keeps up to date on current practices utilizing AAMI and AORN Standards, among other standard and regulation bodies. Jardin holds many industry certifications including, Certified Sterile Processing Manager. He is a proud member of the Beyond Clean Advisory Group, and he enjoys connecting with industry leaders and pushing the Sterile Processing industry forward!
- How to set up an environment for growth-minded engaged employees.
- How to remove fear, anxiety, and suppression from departmental culture.
- Who the unofficial leaders are within your department and maximize their involvement.
- How to create ongoing opportunities for department involvement that sustains engagement over time.
How to Navigate the Perils of Switching Products
We all have experiences in our professional and personal lives when we have had to navigate switching brands and products. Perhaps your manager announced they are changing the gloves you use in decontamination this week. Or your favorite sterilization wrap is no longer on contract with your facility, and now you have a decision to make. For some people, the idea of new and different is exciting. For others, change is always seen as a bad thing — even if there are good results from the change. This presentation will provide frontline users and department leaders insight into how to think, act, and react to change and prepare your team to manage the perils and potentials of switching products.
- Discuss the common reasons brand & product changes happen in the healthcare setting.
- Describe reactions staff and internal customers may have to product changes.
- Discuss a roadmap for successfully executing product changes.
Do you want to enhance your professional competency but don’t know where to begin? How about joining your fellow Sterile Processing professionals in completing the first-ever Sterile Processing micro-credential? Join us and recent Sterile Processing Cross-Contamination Microcredential graduates for a tell-all panel discussion. Hear what our graduates have to say about this high-value educational endeavor and the tools for success. If you’ve already completed all the industry certifications you can and are wondering what’s next for you–then this is the session for you!
- Attendees will understand what is a microcredential.
- Learn how completing coursework for a microcredential can help them improve their skills.
- Attendees will gain valuable insights from their peers about the Sterile Processing Microcredential course.
An Inside Look at the Logistics of Sterile Processing Products and Manufacturing
When the Discovery Channel released the first season of “How It’s Made?” over 20 years ago, few people knew how big of a hit the documentary-style film series would be. Showing how everyday items like bubble gum, car engines, and guitars would become. The audience for the show has been growing ever since its January 6th, 2001 debut.
Have you ever wondered what an episode of “How It’s Made?” would look like in your Sterile Processing department? Have you ever considered how the products you use in your department come to be and everything that’s entailed in getting them from the warehouse to the hospital dock? There’s more than meets the eye to the stories of supposedly simple things like peel pouches, sterilization tape, and load stickers. This presentation will give you an inside look into the world of product manufacturing and logistics.
- Explore trends in the Medical Device Industry and how they are impacting healthcare.
- Provide insight into product research, design, and manufacturing.
- Describe the process and logistics of manufacturing medical devices.
- Outline user experience impacted by manufacturing and logistics.
Making time for professional development is incredibly challenging for most individuals. Many Sterile Processing Professionals are looking for the next step in their career. However, they don’t know what action to take. To achieve your goals, you need to know precisely what they are and plan to get there. This presentation will help you learn the steps to identify and achieve your goals! Attendees will learn how to develop a growth mindset which allows them to learn from limitations. They will learn a straightforward method to describe their professional visions and goals. Finally, attendees will learn to ask for and utilize professional feedback to achieve their goals.
- Create a plan for professional growth, based on your goals.
- Describe your professional goals and vision.
- Understand the importance of seeking out feedback and growth opportunities.
- Learn the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.
How to Navigate the World of Private Labels to Get What Your Sterile Processing Department Needs
- Identify what private labeling is and how it is done in healthcare.
- Discuss the common myths and misunderstandings of private labeling.
- Outline private labels used in SPD and why it is important for healthcare professionals to advocate within their health systems.
A Cross Company Educator Panel Discussion with Healthmark Industries, Propper Manufacturing Company, and Key Surgical!
There is much to say about Sterile Processing and Operating Room industries, best practices, nuance(s), and how we perform our roles in “real life.” After reading through social media questions and answers, it became apparent that in the absence of an educator, answers given are often a hear-say, assumption, and sometimes blatantly wrong. As educators in the medical device world, we spend 100% of our days researching, confirming, and educating on the products you use every day. We want to make ourselves visible and available to YOU.
Ask the Educators! Objectives:
- Discuss why it is essential to evaluate fact vs. opinion and Experience vs. Education.
- Answer questions about best practices, nuance, and how both can be “right.”
- Detail industry guidelines that answer live questions from participants.
- Provide approachable answers and resources for sterile processing and operating room professionals.
Dental staff face unique challenges in cleaning and sterilizing instruments due to having limited tools or knowledge. This presentation will review risk factors in instrument reprocessing and offer easily implemented solutions to prevent patient infections.
- Discuss the quality standards for dental instrumentation.
- Identify the quality components that impact the patient’s experience.
- Explore the human and mechanical factors that can impact instrument quality.
- Determine tools needed to ensure clean and sterile instrumentation.
What Every Veterinary Technician Should Know About Their Instrument Reprocessing Quality
Presented by Sarah B. Cruz of Pretreat CSS
- Discuss the challenges of limited access to reprocessing training for veterinary technicians.
- Describe how basic infection control principles can have dramatic impacts on quality outcomes.
- Explain the need to empower veterinary technicians to become reprocessing subject matter experts.
- Provide critical insights into “Go” – “No-Go” scenarios during the reprocessing workflow.
10 Reasons Your Instrument Reprocessing Room is Center Stage in Dental Infection Control
Four walls, a ceiling, and a floor. Nothing earth-shattering…yet. Add in a few pieces of equipment, a processing sink, a couple of supplies, and a dental professional on a mission — and you get a room where infection control magic happens. Even if it’s actually more science than magic, what happens in your clinic’s reprocessing room is still a big deal. Every other service your team provides hinges on things going well in that small room off the main hallway. But why exactly is this room so important? This presentation will lay out ten reasons why what happens in your reprocessing space can make or break your dental practice.
In Partnership with BeyondClean
Johanne Benoit BS, CHL, CRCST Strategic Content Manager for Beyond Clean
Jamie Terran BS, VP Marketing and Education Propper Manufacturing Company
- Discuss the common challenges of dental clinics regarding the reprocessing space.
- Attendees will be able to understand guidelines from regulatory agencies regarding layout and flow.
- Attendees will be able to identify reasons why the reprocessing room is critical for effective infection control in the dental space.
- Attendees with describe steps clinics can take to highlight the importance of this area.
This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from SPD and FAGD/MAGD.