If you are a clinician or SPD technician, it may surprise you that in the world of highly complex and technologically advanced surgical video cameras, the most common form of damage is acutely low-tech. Cord damage makes up most of the damage to video cameras – and it is almost entirely preventable.
Leak testing is the most efficient and cost-effective method available to detect any dangerous breaches of both the internal and external protective surfaces of the flexible endoscope that could lead to fluid invasion and cross-contamination for patients. Watch the video for an overview of the leak testing process.
The dangers of unintentionally neglecting even one step in the endoscope cleaning process can be detrimental to patient safety. Consistency is key, yet elusive. 8 experts weigh in on the importance and best practices surrounding the proper care of endoscopes in sterile processing departments.
Thanks to the pandemic, burnout within healthcare facilities has never been higher. And it’s not just clinicians who are feeling the pain. But hope is not lost. Read on to see how some healthcare networks are addressing the problem.
The past year has been a challenging one, to be sure. It has resulted in unprecedented disruption within our healthcare supply chain networks. We’ve captured five key takeaways for HTM teams to consider as we move forward from the pandemic.
The evolution of patient monitoring; the impacts of COVID-10 on monitoring; wireless patient monitoring; securing operating platforms from cyberattacks; and HTM training opportunities. These topics are all covered in this roundtable discussion.
Early in the pandemic, many hospitals tried to meet higher patient demand by acquiring as much equipment as possible. Now, the challenge is how to effectively manage, utilize, service and store this equipment to ensure it is readily available for emergent events.
In the early stages of the pandemic, serious gaps in our traditional healthcare supply chain network emerged. But is COVID-19 an outlier, or do we need to fundamentally change how we access and manage medical equipment and other essential supplies?
CMMS systems not only help track maintenance and repair activity, they can also serve as the ‘source of truth’ to provide HTM teams with key data needed to build a prioritized 3 to 5-year equipment replacement plan.