2020 has been quite the year for sterile processing departments—and healthcare facilities as a whole. The pandemic and all its challenges spurred healthcare pros to stay on top of the latest information in order to keep facilities and departments in tip-top shape. And the Censis blog has been here to help.

Here are the most-read articles from our blog this year:

The Humanistic Perspective on Management

Management is full of challenges. When it comes to motivating employees, the humanistic perspective offers a powerful tool to managers, even as organizations and departments implement more automation. This blog provides an introduction to the humanistic perspective—which takes into account human needs and desires, as well as social dynamics—integrating the concept of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. “The humanistic perspective considers human interactions and relationships as vital to organizational success,” writes Derek Murray, Censis Director of Professional Services. “It holds the power to boost team performance in the SPD.” Learn more.

Why Your Facility Needs an Endoscope/HLD Management System Now

Why bother adding an endoscope/HLD management system when your SPD already has manual processes in place to track reprocessing? Because manual processes come with higher risk of human error, and the safety of patients hangs on the correct, effective reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. “Digital endoscope management systems offer efficient ways to support effective processing and track crucial data,” the Censis Education team writes, and the systems reduce the risk of human error. Learn more about the benefits of an endoscope management system.

How COVID-19 is Changing Healthcare and Patient Care

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges to healthcare systems worldwide. Although the pandemic isn’t behind us yet, it has already made a significant impact on how healthcare facilities function and how patients receive care, from at-home care via telehealth to what’s considered emergency preparedness and the importance of building design and cleanliness. This blog offers a peak into five specific areas that COVID-19 has influenced.

SPD Training at Home — Earn SPD Continued Education Credits

This year, many conferences and in-person learning opportunities were canceled due to coronavirus—but that didn’t make it impossible to earn continuing education credits. This blog highlights Censis Technologies’ own True Grit, True You continuing education series, accredited for IAHCSMM, CBSPD, CNOR, CSSM, and CNS-CP. Good news: True Grit, True You’s CE-approved content is still available online, on demand. Check it out.

How to Obtain Your CBSPD Certification and Why It’s Important

Certifications for SPD professionals help ensure consistency and accuracy in the department’s processes. This blog offers an introduction to the CBSPD Certification Program, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Navy COOL Program. “The CBSPD Certification Program has a goal to ensure that all professionals in the SPD industry show a certain level of competency in standardized practices,” the Census Education team writes. To learn more about the certification program and why pursuing certification may be the best next step for your department, check out the blog.

Resources:

25+ Powerful FOMO Statistics to Skyrocket Sales (2020). January 3, 2020. https://optinmonster.com/fomo-statistics/

ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities. 2017

AST Guidelines for Best Practices for Laundering Scrub Attire. April 14, 2017. https://www.ast.org/uploadedFiles/Main_Site/Content/About_Us/Standard%20Laundering%20Scrub%20Attire.pdf

Laundry and textile hygiene in healthcare and beyond. July 1, 2019. http://microbialcell.com/researcharticles/2019a-bockmuehl-microbial-cell/

Role of healthcare apparel and other healthcare textiles in the transmission of pathogens: a review of the literature. March 31, 2015. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7132459/

Study of bacterial flora associated with mobile phones of healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers. June 9, 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5719508/

[1]See https://www.tso3.com/sterizone#resources

[2] See https://www.tso3.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MK-0066_01_New-Standard-of-Care-for-Duo-Reprocess-Terminal-Sterilization….pdfCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/

[3] See guidelines/disinfection/sterilization/other-methods.html#anchor_1554397475

[4]American Lung Association. https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/air-pollution/ozone.html#atrisk

[5]Evan Goulet, PhD, April 2015, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry. See https://www.mddionline.com/why-manufacturers-should-consider-nitrogen-dioxide-sterilization

[6]PLoS One. 2015 Jun 22. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4476675/

[7]New Jersey Department of Health. See https://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1376.pdf