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Biofilm:

A slimy microbial community that lives on medical devices

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  • Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar dives into the nitty-gritty of biofilm and lays out strategies for how you can keep it off your medical devices and instruments.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Soil, bioburden, biofilm… What does it mean for your sterile processing department? Biofilm adheres to surfaces, resists cleaning and disinfection efforts, and can foster antibiotic resistance. In this webinar, two presenters with expertise in epidemiology and microbiology explain the different types of residual organic debris that can be left behind due to inadequate reprocessing. They will discuss study findings and outbreak investigations and explore the possible roles of residual soil, damage, and retained moisture in biofilm development. Participants will learn how to develop and implement multifaceted policies and workflows to address factors contributing to biofilm formation in their departments.

  • Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar describes common challenges associated with ultrasound probes and provides practical strategies to help you address them in your facility.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    External and endocavitary ultrasound probes are used throughout healthcare facilities for a wide variety of procedures. Inadequate training and lack of standardization of reprocessing and maintenance protocols leads to poor adherence to best practices and raises risk of patient harm. In this webinar, two epidemiologists will discuss the basics of ultrasound probe use and reprocessing, summarize common challenges and clinical risks, and recommend strategies for quality improvement. This discussion will include an overview of ultrasound probes, recommendations for use of gel and sheaths, and evidence of patient harm associated with improperly reprocessed or maintained probes. Insights from auditing experience, guidelines, published literature, and government databases will be presented to empower frontline personnel to improve practices in their healthcare facility.

  • Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar on splashing provides an inside view of the evidence behind the need for PPE and the separation of dirty and clean areas in reprocessing suites.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Have you ever wondered whether it really matters if instruments are submerged in cleaning solution when you’re scrubbing them? What about the three-foot separation between dirty and clean areas? Do germs stop at the red line? We decided to take a look at the science behind guidelines for reducing risks associated with splashes in sterile processing and endoscopy departments. In this webinar, two researchers share stories about cases of real-world splashes that exposed healthcare personnel to infection or injury. They explain guidelines and IFU for minimizing splash and reducing contamination and exposure in the decontamination area. The researchers describe findings from a pilot project that explored the generation of splashes by various reprocessing activities using a novel approach to photographing where droplets land on surfaces and PPE. They also describe simple tools that can be used to detect splashes in real-world settings, and share strategies for assessing and managing splash risk and reducing personnel exposure in SPD and endoscopy units.

  • Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar will build awareness of the FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database to empower healthcare providers, personnel, and patients to access and report adverse events related to medical devices.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Have you experienced surgical stapler misfires, burns from laparoscopic insulation failures, or robotic surgery cables snapping during procedures? Do you want to learn more about potential problems with medical devices in your facility? Anyone can submit adverse event reports to the FDA MAUDE database and use it to find reports of malfunctions and patient harm caused by damaged or defective medical devices. In this webinar, two researchers will walk participants through the process for submitting reports and provide strategies for searching the database. They will present case studies of adverse events reported to the FDA related to ultrasound probes, surgical staplers, robotic surgical systems, laparoscopic instruments, and endoscopes. Participants will learn how MAUDEs can be used to guide decision-making and improve patient safety.

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    This CE-eligible webinar explains how masks and respirators reduce the risk of infection transmission, and highlights key factors that should be considered when making decisions about respiratory protection.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Respiratory pathogens can be easily spread between people in healthcare and community settings. Effective respiratory protection is critical in shielding healthcare workers who are at high risk of infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of respiratory protection in healthcare settings, but also in preventing the spread of infection within the community. In this webinar, two presenters who specialize in epidemiology and infection control will discuss the basics of respiratory disease transmission and how face masks and respirators reduce risks. They will describe different types of respiratory protection, key features of each, and provide tips to support decision-making for how and when each should be used. Recent research on the effectiveness of different types of respiratory protection will be summarized and synthesized into practical, evidence-based recommendations for improving safety in healthcare settings and the community.