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Oct 21, 2021

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch invites us to pause and consider the impact of technology on the value of Sterile Processing Technicians: "Department leaders cannot afford to simply open the floodgates of technology into their departments without judicious consideration of the men and women behind the...


Oct 14, 2021

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the menagerie of items being sterilized in surgical instrument trays and the reasons they should be left out. "Because they have no validation and no IFUs, they have no place in our sterilizers or on our sterile storage shelves, and definitely no place touching...


Oct 7, 2021

In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the often overlooked and undocumented occurrence of used sharps being sent to SPD--"If a hospital would document a near miss or injury to a doctor due to a disposable sharp that was not properly disposed of, the same should be true for a decontaminator... All...


Sep 30, 2021

In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines how better practices and safety can be achieved by a simple case cart lock--"The broad implications of an unassuming disposable case cart lock can have a dramatic impact on any number of sterile processing teams around the country. Locks can streamline your case...


Sep 23, 2021

In this episode of Beyond Clean Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about the lessons we can be learn from the mistakes we make, instead of trying to hide them from each other. -- "We keep our error data to ourselves. We track different metrics, we use different targets, and for the love of all that is professional...