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What To Do When Someone Asks About Your CSP Job

MRSA Infections in the NFL

“So, what do you do?”

No matter what job you hold, it happens to all of us at some point. The age old question about where you spend  8+ hours, 5 days a week. It’s a talking point at social gatherings and it’s a question that some dread and others wait for. For those that work in Sterile Processing, you probably know what it is like to work in a field area where the average person may not understand what it is you really do all day. I imagine that sometimes when CSP professionals try describing what they do, they are likely to either sell themselves short or make the listener squirm.

So you probably won’t go into details about how you clean off all of the blood and guts that end up on instruments after a surgery.  You certainly won’t mention the smell that you’ve gotten used to or the flattering full body suit you wear every day. That just doesn’t emanate a cool factor. You could tell them that you make sure the surgeons have the instruments they need for each surgery, but you don’t. Because that could come across as a little boring when you’re first meeting somebody.

However, what you should mention is something about how you are a patient advocate. You ensure each and every item that comes out of that room is cleaned, sterilized and disinfected. You make sure that when a patient enters the hospital for an ailment that he isn’t going to wind up with other deadly infections because there was bioburden left on the instrument giving him MRSA or C. diff. You are the one that ensures his safety from infection so he can worry about things like how many days he has to eat that hospital food and how to get the nurses to stop waking you up for testing so you can get some sleep.

Show him this video so he knows just how important your job is, because the more people that realize the value of what you do, the more attention will spread towards the importance of infection prevention.

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Is “Looking Clean” Enough?

How do you know your hospital is clean? How do you know something is free of bioburden? Don’t make assumptions because it “looks clean”. The MediCount ATP Testing Device allows you to objectively measure the cleanliness level of a surface or an instrument based on what YOU define as “clean”. Clean should be a result, not a process.

The MediCount ATP Testing Device Provides a Way to Quantify “Clean”. The device provides a numerical reading in less than 30 seconds and provides a quantitative measurement representing the amount of organic material present on a surface. Read More

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by | 10/02/2013 · 1:29 pm

5 Ways To Save Time In Sterile Processing

One of the complaints we hear most often from Central Sterile Processing Departments is that there are too many instruments to clean and not enough time. Surgeries are delayed, instruments pass through unclean and SPD workers get frustrated. Too much responsibility falls on this department to have them feeling this way. This is what it looks like when technicians don’t have proper time and tools to properly clean each instrument.

Dirty Surgical Tools

Interior Lumen AFTER Sterilization

1.) Flush and Brush Station

The daVinci instruments used in robotic surgeries do phenomenal things but they also create a lot of hassle for technicians. Instruments get lost, they are hard to clean and difficult to keep altogether. This station from Midbrook Medical sits in the base of the sink and helps technicians keep track of what has been scrubbed already and prevents instruments from contaminating each other. Read More flush and brush 1

2.) Recipe Baskets

These recipe baskets were designed to help central sterile processing techinican’s ability to efficiently follow the Instructions for Use to reprocess full recipe sets of da Vinci Robotic Surgery. Instruments can be transferred from the Flush and Brush Station to the recipe baskets for the Midbrook Ultrasonic Bath. Like the Flush and Brush Station, the baskets are designed to keep surgical sets together during reprocessing allowing CSPD Technicians to reprocess recipe sets for each surgical procedure in a more efficient manner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3.) The Tempest Surgical Instrument Washer

One of the reasons the Tempest is on the list is because of its automation. With the push of a button the lid comes down and runs a programmable cycle to bring repeatable results.  This instrument washer uses a combination of high-powered, tested, and proven washing actions: ultrasonics, enzymatic soaks, agitation, exterior and interior sprays, and air injection bubble cavitation stream. The instruments are cleaned effectively far surpassing AAMI standards. Just think of what you could accomplish in SPD during this automated 30 minute cleaning cycle.tempestbanner400x289

4,) The UV Flash

Sometimes accidents happen, even in hospitals. What happens when instruments get dropped? Well the good news is that problem can be solved. In 60 seconds. The UV Flash uses UVC light to disinfect objects. All bacteria on the surface of an object will be eliminated by using this station.


5.) Less Repeat (O.K. I know this isnt a product but it’s true!)

Since you’re using the Tempest surgical instrument washer, instruments are being cleaned more effectivly. Since more clean instruments are making their way into the hands of surgeons, less unclean instruments are making the trip back to sterile processing. Sometimes instruments come out of SPD with bio-burden on them so visable that surgeons send them back before even using them. This creates more work for technicians that is really unnecessary. If you do things right the first time, you won’t have to do it again. At least until after the surgery….

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The Problem with TEE (and The Solution TOO)

Recently Fox News and NBC Nightly News and its investigators, (including renown physician Pritish Tosh, M.D., and representatives of the CDC) featured an outbreak of e-coli infections happening after surgeries that used this TEE probe.

What is “TEE”? Transesophageal echocardiography — or, TEE — is a diagnostic procedure that uses a specialized device to display sonographic images of the heart, known as echocardiograms (which are distinguished from “ECGs,” or electrocardiograms).

In these examples, a “physical defect” in the TEE probe may have caused the TEE probe to remain contaminated after reprocessing. The complex designs of arthroscopic shaver hand-pieces and inflow/outflow cannulae retained infectious bioburden after cleaning.

TEE is a risk factor for healthcare-associated infections of gram-negative bacteria including Legionella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli. Therefore, its proper reprocessing is required to prevent bacterial outbreaks. – Lawrence F Muscarella PhD

So how do we ensure proper reprocessing required to prevent bacterial outbreaks?

You may recall a somewhat similar situation of an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa featured on the Today Show back in 2009 in Houston, Texas.

Watch the Today Show segment here

Jahan Azizi is the head of infection control at the University of Michigan. Over the past few years here at Midbrook Medical, we have had the pleasure of working with him. Azizi, who was featured in this segment, has worked with Midbrook in order to deliver hospitals with the most effective surgical instrument washer.

One of the things Azizi talks about frequently that we’ve adapted ourselves is, “If it isn’t clean, it can’t be sterilized.” That’s what is happening with these instruments. When the instrument is still dirty and it goes into the sterilizer, the bio-burden is essentially getting baked on.

The Tempest process that uses ultrasonic, enzymatic soak, agitation, exterior fluid spray and interior lumen flush system. See for yourself why Jahan made sure to have the Tempest in his Central Sterile Processing Department.

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September 16, 2013

Monday Mash-upWe’re taking a non-biased poll today. We don’t know the right answer ourselves but it just might start an interesting discussion. After reading some articles in the news lately, it may just surprise us all what the perception is. Take the poll and find out, then come back next week for our follow up question.

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September 11, 2013

Is George Whitfield Jr. Copying Midbrook?Wednesday

Football “Quarterback Guru,” George Whitfield Jr. was recently featured on ESPN’s College Game day talking about something we too have been discussing lately here at Midbrook. In the segment Whitfield explains how he frequently takes principles and ideas from other things that may seem unconventional and uses them to train some of the industry’s most elite Quarterbacks.

He has the athletes practicing on the sandy beach and in the wavy water. He talks in analogies about suits and ties, car washes and vehicle mechanics. Now while George didn’t refer to it in the same words as we do, he is essentially talking about a concept some would call, “The Medici Effect.” It’s a theory we’ve blogged about quite a bit recently that is changing the way we look at innovation. Author, Frans Johansson, goes into detail about it in his book, “The Medici Effect, ” but you can also see the discussion we’ve had about the phenonemon in the past blog post here.

When I watched this segment on ESPN, my first thought was, “Is George Whitfield Jr. copying us using the Medici Effect with his athletes?” And, my second thought was, “Are we copying George?” Yet ultimatley I came to the resolve that it’s a darn good strategy and who wouldn’t want to copy that?!? Right? Whitfield uses unconventional approaches taken from various industries and puts things in a new light for the athletes he trains and he gets people begging to train with him and a feature segment on ESPN.

At Midbrook we use this strategy and we improve infection prevention products and ultimately help by incorporating “cleaner” products into medical environments. We draw from our past experience of making washers for the automotive industry to better manufacture washers for surgical instruments a medical equipment. We took a tool used in the Food Industry to help medical facilities quantify their levels of cleanliness. We utilized our knowledge of ozonated water used in our sister company, CapSnap Equipment, which provides water bottling equipment and services, and incorporated it into the cleaning cycles of our instrument washers. These are just a few of the many ways we incorporate concepts from other industries and apply them in another way to improve a process.

What examples of the Medici Effect have you seen or used yourself? I’m sure there are more. Share some ideas and inspiration with us and let’s see what kind of ideas we can spread!

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by | 09/11/2013 · 10:00 am

August 28, 2013


How do you know your hospital is clean? The MediCount ATP Testing Device provides an objective way to determine the cleanliness of a counter, surgical instrument, desk, and more.

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