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Top 5 Questions of 2019

01.30.2020 • Industry News

We are almost a month into 2020, and a lot of exciting things have happened already. Key Surgical's clinical education team alone had two new educators start, launched a new course on decontamination, and we started the Key Surgical Educational Excellence Award. It's easy to get excited about what's next in 2020, but we wanted to take a minute and look back at 2019. We had a lot of great questions over the year and picked the Top Five SPD Questions we were asked:

1. Do you have a cleaning brush in size ____?
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It is incredibly important to use the correct size (diameter and length) cleaning brush for the instrument you are cleaning to ensure maximum cleaning efficacy.  Ineffective cleaning of medical devices is a key factor in many healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs) around the globe.  At Key Surgical we have hundreds of different sizes and types of instrument cleaning brushes that are specifically designed to meet the cleaning requirements of medical devices. If you’ve got an instrument that needs to be cleaned, Key Surgical has a cleaning brush that can help.
 
2. Any new CE’s coming out?
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The Key Surgical clinical education team is constantly developing and launching new continuing education (CE) courses accredited by IAHCSMM and CBSPD. Recently, we launched a course on microbial biofilms called “Biofilm Basics: What is it? And how to beat it!” (1.0 CEs), a certification practice test called “Endoscope Reprocessing Practice Quiz” (2.0 CEs), and a brand new course on decontamination called “Decontamination: Where it all begins” (1.5 CEs).” We also have more to come, so be on the lookout for new education offerings from Key Surgical! For more information on accredited sterile processing continuing education courses, visit www.keysurgical.com/education
 
3. Do you have disposable brushes?
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All instrument cleaning brushes should be considered disposable. The real question is: At what point should they be disposed of? At a minimum, cleaning brushes should be discarded when they show signs of wear such as bent/kinked handles, broken/missing bristles, or gross contamination. Best practices dictate that cleaning brushes should be disposed of after use on instruments from each surgical procedure to prevent cross-contamination.
 
4. What brush(es) do I use to clean ________ instrument?
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The first place to look when wondering how to clean a specific instrument is the instrument manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU). All surgical instruments SHOULD have validated cleaning instructions in their IFU with specific cleaning tools identified for each step of the cleaning process. In many cases, the manufacturer will provide lumen size/brush dimensions to help the end user choose the appropriate tools for the job. If you still have questions regarding what brushes should be used after referencing the instrument manufacturer’s IFU, a Key Surgical rep would be happy to help you find the right tools for the job!
 
5. How do I implement a decontamination brush policy at my facility?
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There are many different factors that impact the success of implementing a decontamination policy at any facility. Always find out what the standards have to say, this will establish a good baseline of where to begin. Second, work within the facility. Connect with departments like Infection Prevention to see what to consider when making a decision on what you are going to implement at the facility. Once you’ve decided on a final policy, ensure that anyone impacted by the policy (OR, SPD, IP, etc.) are properly trained on the details of the new policy and understand the “why” behind the practices being implemented.  Each member of the team must adopt the practices outlined in the policy and be able to speak to the details of the policy if asked by a surveyor/auditor. Another great resource to find out what kind of policies are out there is to attend local and national conferences to speak with other industry advocates and see what policies they recommend. If you are planning on attending IAHCSMM, Key Surgical will be hosting a workshop to help navigate this very question. The workshop “How to Write a Successful Manual Cleaning Policy” will be held on Saturday, April 25th with multiple sessions available. Bring your questions and get ready to create!
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