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Propper Academy Connects with Garrett Hollembeak on SPD Collaboration with Infection Preventionists

The Power of Partnership: How Infection Preventionists Support Sterile Processing (and vice-versa) for Safer Hospitals

COMING SOON!

Live Conversation with Garrett Hollembeak, ICRA, CER, CHL, CIS, CRCST

Garrett Hollembeak is a dedicated Infection Preventionist currently serving at Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital. Prior to his role in infection control, Garrett worked as department manager, instrument coordinator, and front-line technician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Sterile Processing Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University – Idaho and multiple certifications, including Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER), Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) and Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). Garrett’s commitment to patient safety is demonstrated through written publications and active involvement in the Transmission Control Advisory Group, which aims to advance infection prevention through educational resources and industry best practices.

Join us for an insightful discussion on the crucial partnership between Infection Preventionists (IP) and Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) in our upcoming program, “The Power of Partnership: How Infection Preventionists Support Sterile Processing (and vice-versa) for Safer Hospitals.

The collaboration between IP and SPD may seem intuitive, given their shared goal of minimizing patient infections. However, their distinct expertise and perspectives on the microbial world highlight the need for mutual learning and understanding. This session will explore how these two critical departments can navigate initial challenges and forge a strong alliance to enhance patient safety.

Objectives

  • Identify the key roles and responsibilities of Infection Preventionists (IP) and Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) departments in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
  • Describe the fundamental principles of infection prevention and sterilization processes, and explain how these principles are applied in hospital settings.
  • Assess the current level of collaboration within their own institutions, identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the IP-SPD partnership.
  • Develop a plan to enhance interdepartmental cooperation between IP and SPD, incorporating best practices and evidence-based strategies to reduce HAIs.

Propper Academy Connects with Sarah B. Cruz on Strategic Networking

Propper Academy Connects with Sarah B. Cruz on Strategic Networking

Maximizing Your Experience at the HSPA Annual Meeting

We will discuss strategic networking at the HSPA Annual Meeting and beyond. The formal education at the conference is valuable but the conversations with fellow technicians, suppliers, and other industry allies make the conference the best opportunity for professional growth each year!

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and elevate your networking skills as a Sterile Processing Technician. Register now for an enriching experience at Propper Academy Connects.

ON DEMAND: What’s Wrong with this Picture? Identifying Common Mistakes in SPD

What's Wrong With This Picture? Identifying Common Mistakes in SPD

Discover the essentials of achieving excellence in Sterile Processing—a critical aspect of patient safety gaining increased attention from surveyors, healthcare administrators, and legislators nationwide. This presentation is an interactive exploration, challenging you to identify the top 20 commonly overlooked issues within the Sterile Processing Department. Join us to enhance your understanding of industry best practices and sharpen your analytical skills alongside Infection Preventionist peers. Uncover these key issues for improved operational efficiency and elevated standards in patient care.

Objectives:

  • Identify and recall the key industry best practices in Sterile Processing.
  • Explain the increasing importance of instrument reprocessing in healthcare facilities.
  • Propose solutions for enhancing operational efficiency in response to identified issues.
  • Analyze the implications of overlooked issues in Sterile Processing on survey reports and healthcare administration.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for addressing and preventing commonly overlooked issues in Sterile Processing.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: But Is It Really Clean? Challenging the Status Quo For How Our Industry Approaches Process Monitoring

But Is It Really Clean? Decontamination, Processing Monitoring and Verification

 

If it’s not clean, it can’t be sterile…right? Even though this industry mantra is widely shared and discussed, there is an aspect of the discussion that is ripe for further consideration. While the industry has been rapidly moving toward more and more adoption of monitoring every sterilization load with a biological indicator (BI), the same cannot be said of process monitoring for our mechanical washers and disinfectors. While daily monitoring of mechanical washers with process challenge devices (PCDs) is common practice in Sterile Processing departments, what happens when a failure is detected? What should happen? And why are we not testing every washer load the way we test our steam sterilization loads? This presentation hopes to provide a catalyst for this important industry conversation.

 

Objectives:

  • Discuss the purpose and requirements of processing monitoring for mechanical washers and disinfectors.
  • Compare the process monitoring practices of biological indicators (BIs) and cleaning PCDs.
  • Outline how the current industry conversations intersect around questions of cleaning, monitoring, and failure responses.
  • Describe steps users can take to build robust quality monitoring processes into their decontamination workflow, training, and competencies.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: 2022 – Small Business, Big Impact: Panel Discussion

ON DEMAND: Small Business, Big Impact: Panel Discussion

Small Business, Big Impact: Sterile Processing Entrepreneurship

 

The hustle and bustle of the Sterile Processing department is the sound of patient safety. What happens when we bring the noise to the outside of the department walls? Join us as we shine a light on entrepreneurship in the Sterile Processing space. This dynamic speaker’s panel hosted by Sarah B. Cruz of PRETREAT will discuss how they are carrying the patient safety message in their businesses and what inspired them to do so. These frontline and tenure SP professionals opted to take their 9 to 5 shifts and add more hours to their passions. All major companies have started from somewhere. Come take a look at this wave of Sterile Processing business owners as the make take their small businesses to make a big impact on our industry.

 

Angie Baez #Say-it-loud
Chanté Brown Instrumental Sterile Processing Institute
Karen Cherry The Cherry Foundation
Deannard Esnard The Process

  • Discuss the impact entrepreneurship has on engagement in Sterile Processing.
  • Evaluate the different leadership styles in small business ownership.
  • Examine the impact Sterile Processing entrepreneurship has on career paths.
  • Demonstrate the importance of professional development in Sterile Processing.
  • Learn some of the different types of small businesses (brick & mortar, digital marketing, non-profit).

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Breaking the Cycle: Conquering the Hurdles to Become an Exceptional Sterile Processing Leader

Breaking the Cycle: Conquering the Hurdles to Become an Exceptional Sterile Processing Leader

Discover three common pitfalls sterile processing technicians face and learn effective strategies to overcome them in this engaging presentation by M. Angie Holland, CSPDT, CSPM, a seasoned professional with two decades of experience. Whether you aspire to be a leader, are currently struggling in a leadership role, or simply wish to enhance your technical skills, this talk is tailored for you.

Objectives:
• Comprehend and explain to others the significance of quality over quantity.
• Establish a program to maintain a strong connection with the workplace and technical expertise.
• Formulate measurable goals, such as metrics or key performance indicators, to foster continuous improvement within your department.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

BAJO DEMANDA: Rompiendo el Ciclo: Superando los Obstáculos para Convertirse en un Líder Excepcional de Procesamiento Estéril

Breaking the Cycle: Conquering the Hurdles to Become an Exceptional Sterile Processing Leader

Descubre tres obstáculos comunes que enfrentan los técnicos de procesamiento estéril y aprende estrategias efectivas para superarlos en esta cautivadora presentación de M. Angie Holland, CSPDT, CSPM, una profesional experimentada con dos décadas de experiencia. Ya sea que aspiras a ser un líder, estés luchando actualmente en un puesto de liderazgo o simplemente desees mejorar tus habilidades técnicas, esta charla está diseñada especialmente para ti.

Objetivos:
• Comprender y explicar a otros la importancia de la calidad sobre la cantidad.
• Establecer un programa para mantener una fuerte conexión con el lugar de trabajo y la experiencia técnica.
• Formular metas medibles, como métricas o indicadores clave de desempeño, para fomentar la mejora continua dentro de tu departamento.

Este curso está aprobado para recibir 1.0 CE de CBSPD y HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

To mail or not to mail?

 

That is the question when it comes to biological indicator (BI) testing in many clinical settings around the country — physician offices, dental clinics, and veterinary services. What is the best option for sterilization monitoring for your facility? What are the pros and cons of mail-in BI testing versus on-site incubation and monitoring? This presentation will address these questions and provide insight for clinic managers and technicians to make informed decisions regarding this critical aspect of quality management.

 

 

 

Objectives:

  • Discuss the purpose & function of biological indicator monitoring for steam sterilization.
  • Compare the processes of mail-in biological indicator monitoring and on-site incubation and monitoring.
  • Describe the key quality management considerations in favor of on-site incubation.
  • Provide insights to hardwire training, competence, and compliance regarding your biological monitoring process.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: On Your Marks

On Your Marks The Ultimate Guide to Onboarding SPD Techs and Leaders

The Ultimate Guide to Onboarding SPD Techs and Leaders

 

Staff turnover and new employee orientation are constant challenges to Sterile Processing Departments. Whether a new employee is experienced or new to the field, there is always new material to learn in Sterile Processing. With the growing complexity of medical devices and department processes, a department’s onboarding training program is one of the most important aspects of its success. Bring your manager and department educator along for this CE presentation as we walk you through the ultimate guide for onboarding SPD techs and leaders!

 

 

Objectives:

  • Introduce onboarding in Sterile Processing and its critical role in the success of the department.
  • Identify roles leaders and preceptors play in developing and implementing an effective Sterile Processing onboarding program.
  • Outline the essential resources and processes that make an effective Sterile Processing onboarding program.
  • Detail key considerations for onboarding Sterile Processing leaders.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: 2022 – Small Business, Big Impact: Conversations with Sterile Processing Technicians in Business

Small Business, Big Impact: Conversations with Sterile Processing Technicians in Business

Conversations with Sterile Processing Technicians in Business

Objectives:

Interview 1: Jamie Shelosky and Selendra Brown
Topic: Starting a Content Sharing Platform and NonProfit organization

  • Discuss how to make an impact on your Community.
  • Understand how to step out of the box and do a thing you don’t know how to do.
  • Learn how to get support for education, even when you can’t afford it.

Interview 2: Jamie Shelosky and Dannie O. Smith
Topic: How Attending a Conference Can Launch a New Phase In Your Career

  • Learn how to use the skills you already have to improve your field.
  • Discuss how to become more involved in your local professional organizations.

Interview 3:  Jamie Shelosky and Melanie Perry
Topic: How To Start a Blog to Share Your Experiences and Build a Community

  • Learn how to start a blog to share your experiences and connect with people in your field with similar experiences.
  • Why it matters to have a community of people in your field.

Interview 4: Jamie Shelosky and Johanne Benoit
Topic: Balancing Entrepreneurship and Working as a Tech: Variety at Work

  • Discuss Sterile Processing Entrepreneurship in Dentistry.
  • Talk about the SP Hosted Clubhouse Community and the impact it makes.

Interview 5: Jamie Shelosky and Jhmeid Billingslea
Topic: Transitioning from Being a Technician to Working for a Company

  • Discuss how and why you might want to work for a company rather than a healthcare facility.
  • Discuss the challenges healthcare facilities commonly face, which consultants help to correct.

This course is approved to receive 1.25 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Microcredential Graduates Tell-All: Panel Discussion

Sterile Processing: Cross-Contamination microcredential

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, this is the session for you!

Objectives:

  • 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.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Empowered

Empowered: Embracing Your Strengths

Embracing Your Strengths

How often do we lead with our strengths when we reflect on our abilities? More often than not, we focus on our weaknesses and how we are flawed. Join us as we become empowered to embrace our professional and personal strengths. Learn methods to identify your strengths and the actionable steps you can follow to welcome them in your professional and personal development. Are you ready to feel empowered?

Objectives:

  • Understand why it matters to know your strengths and how it impacts your career goals.
  • Identify your strengths and confidently share them with your colleagues, supervisors, and community.
  • Learn why self-promotion matters and how to promote yourself to help reach your goals effectively.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

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ON DEMAND: Made to Order

Made to Order: An Inside Look At the Logistics Of Sterile Processing Products and Manufacturing

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 show’s audience has been growing 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 in 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Defending the Defenseless

Defending the Defenseless

What Every Veterinary Technician Should Know About Their Instrument Reprocessing Quality

Presented by:
Sarah B. Cruz CSPDT, CRCST, CHL, CIS of PRETREAT CSS

Veterinary Technicians have an extensive list of responsibilities, including instrument reprocessing. This presentation will teach the fundamental skills to clean and sterilize instruments effectively. Allowing veterinary technicians to play a key role in infection prevention in their clinics.

Objectives:

  • 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.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: Rust, Tape & Other Frustrating Challenges to Dental Instrument Quality

Rust, Tape & Other Frustrating Challenges to Dental Instrument Quality

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

This course is approved to receive 1.0 CE from CBSPD and HSPA.

ON DEMAND: More Than a Closet

On Demand: More Than a Closet: 10 Reasons Your Instrument Reprocessing Room is Center Stage in Dental Infection Control

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.

Co-presented by:
Johanne Benoit BS, CHL, CRCST Strategic Content Manager of Beyond Clean
Jamie Shelosky BS, CCSVP, VP Marketing and Education of Propper Manufacturing Company

Objectives:

  • 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.

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