In this course, attendees will learn how to address compliance issues in their sterile processing department, as well as developing a quality assurance benchmark and how to demonstrate to hospital management an improved revenue from improved services. The course includes topic presentations on what compliance means, how to assess a department for quality improvement, how to determine root cause of issues and develop a process that can be benchmarked and rewarded through improved efficiency. Each presentation will be featured by small group workshops that can address real problems and develop solutions.

Seminar Fee Includes:
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Seminar Material
Attendance Certificate
$100 Gift Cert for next seminar

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the accepted guidelines for compliance in medical device reprocessing
  • Learn how to identify issues that cause an increase in workload and reduced efficiency
  • What should be included in a compliance system in sterile processing
  • Learn how and what issues to tackle first to develop benchmarks for improvement
  • When is “Best Practice” not good enough
  • How to build a quality improvement process
  • How to demonstrate the changes in revenue that can be gained through quality improvements
  • How to benchmark a quality improvement program
  • How to address medical device IFUs within a department’s compliance guidelines
  • How to address older instruments with no IFUs or deficient IFUs
  • When partnering with the operating theatre will improve the throughput and output of sterile processing department
  • How to bring the learning in this course back to your hospital for implementation

Areas Covered:

  • Accepted guidelines for medical device reprocessing
  • AORN, AAMI, IAHCSMM guidelines
  • Medical device IFUs
  • Benchmarking for compliance in medical device reprocessing
  • Building a QSM system within your department
  • How improvements in process lead to demonstrable revenues

Who will Benefit:

  • Managers and staff of sterile processing departments
  • Managers of operating rooms
  • Administration
  • Infection preventionists
  • Allied personnel in sterile processing
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Day 01(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
  • 08.30 AM - 08.59 AM: Registration and Meet & Greet.
  • 09.00 AM - 10.00 AM:
    • Seminar objectives review, expectations and scope.
    • Importance of the medical device reprocessing department
    • Common issues interfering with compliance in a sterile processing department
    • What is expected in interactive group sessions
    • Questions and discussion
  • 10.00 AM - 10.30 AM:
    • Definition of Compliance in Medical Device Reprocessing
    • Recognition of Guidelines, US, vs regional standards
  • 10.30 AM - 10.45 AM: Break
  • 10.45 AM - 11.15 AM:
    • Why Compliance is so important
    • Compliance vs. Quality: how they fit together
    • Why compliance in medical device reprocessing is so difficult
  • 11.15 AM - 12.00 PM:
    • Communication & Training
    • Workshop – group sessions (30 minutes): Identifying the scope of non-compliance
    • Discussion Q&A
  • 12.00 PM - 01.00 PM: Lunch
  • 01.00 PM - 02.00 PM:
    • Workshop Introduction
    • Workshop – group sessions (30 minutes): Identifying the scope of non-compliance
    • Discussion Q&A
  • 02.00 PM - 03.00 PM:
    • Building a quality improvement plan: how to address problems identified in the last workshop
    • Workshop – group sessions (30 minutes): What is needed to address the issues brought in the last workshop
    • Discussion Q&A
  • 03.00 PM - 03.45 PM:
    • Productivity management (throughput and output)
    • Factors to consider
    • Performing a self-audit
    • assigning responsibility
  • 03.45 PM - 04.00 PM: Break
  • 04.00 PM - 04.30 PM:
    • Understanding IFUs
    • Complex vs. standard instrument designs
    • Addressing IFUs that dazzle the imagination and do not fit within a reasonable time
    • How to address the issues with non-compliant IFUs
Day 02(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
  • 08.30 AM - 08.59 AM: Registration and Meet & Greet.
  • 09.00 AM - 09.30 AM:
    • Seminar objectives review, expectations and scope.
    • Some Key elements of compliance for a medical device reprocessing department
  • 09.30 AM - 10.30 AM:
    • Workshop introduction: Identify reprocessing issues and IFUs
    • Workshop: Identify your most problematic medical instruments and how you handle them now
    • Where are your IFUs?
    • IFU Discussion
  • 10.30 AM - 11.30 AM:
    • Individual Group Presentations
  • 11.30 AM - 12.00 PM: MORNING Wrap up
  • 12.00 PM - 01.00 PM: Lunch
  • 01.00 PM - 02.00 PM:
    • Effective Resource Management
    • Selling your quality improvement plan to administration
    • Benchmarking your success
  • 02.00 PM - 02.30 PM:
    • Pre-treatment of medical devices to prevent biofilm formation – improving patient safety
    • Coordination and Cooperation between CSSD and the OR
  • 02.30 PM - 03.00 PM:
    • The issue of dirty instruments- compliance issue #1
    • Mapping the process, improving the process
  • 03.00 PM - 04.00 PM:
    • Quality Improvement Workshop – What can you bring back to your hospital to improve compliance 20 min
    • Individual presentations – what you can do
    • Wrap up
  • 04.00 PM - 04.30 PM: Mapping a quality improvement process to improve department compliance
  • 04.30 PM - 04.40 PM: Adjourn
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Joseph Jay Houser

Joseph Jay Houser
Consultant, Decontamination & Sterilization of RMD, SPD Compliance, Lecturer

Joseph Houser is a Medical Consultant in Sterilization & Reprocessing with over 30 years experience in medical devices and reprocessing. He started his career in a central sterile processing department and has worked extensively in operating rooms as a consultant and trainer. He currently consults with medical device companies on sterile processing topics. He grew up in the USA and is currently a resident of Taiwan. His educational background is from the University of Maine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

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