Ask the Educator Podcast

Medical device processing is critically important to the safety of patients everywhere. This podcast from Healthmark Industries is about answering questions and sharing knowledge related to sterile processing, endoscopy, infection prevention, biomedical engineering, leadership, and products. Have a question you would like answered on the show? Send it to our email address asktheeducator@hmark.com.

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February
2nd
2023
85. ST91 – Part 3 of 6: Point of Use Treatment and Leak Testing
Whether you're a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you! Why is pre-cleaning is no longer the terminology used when talking about what is done at the point-of-use? And what is a "Leak Tester Tester" (not a typo)? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this episode with our guest, John Whelan!
January
19th
2023
84. ST91 – Part 2 of 6: High Risk Endoscopes, Manual Disinfection, and Sterilization
In this episode, Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock explains what "high-risk endoscopes" are within ST91, why the standards now recommend moving away from "manual disinfection" of flexible scopes, and the push for the industry to move towards sterilization.
December
22nd
2022
83. ST91 – Part 1 of 6: What is ST91? An Introduction to Flexible Endoscope Standards
Whether you're a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you! Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock introduces us to the newest AAMI standard for flexible endoscope processing, ST91. From the background and history of the standard, to what the language in this document means, this is a perfect introduction for those who want to learn more about ST91.
December
8th
2022
82. Gladiators Hold the Line! A Patient & Parent Story with Alisha Loy
How is a sterile processing technician like a gladiator? Alisha Loy recaps her outstanding international webinar appearance detailing her journey as both a patient and parent through the healthcare system, and how she found her way in a department she had no idea even existed!
November
17th
2022
81. Education Culture in Sterile Processing
What is "Education Culture" in Sterile Processing and how can we create a culture of education in SPD? How do we maintain it? And more importantly, how do we get staff to buy in? In this episode of the Ask the Educator Podcast, Kevin and Adam speak to Rebecca Peplau from Maine Health to answer these questions and more!
October
27th
2022
80. Sourcing Solutions from Multiple Vendors in SPD
The pandemic certainly changed a lot in our world. One thing it exposed in Central Service was the weaknesses in our supply chains and our ability to survive without our needed supplies. In this episode, guest Jamie Terran outlines the need for us to expand our supply chains and create relationships with multiple vendors so we be flexible and react quickly to our facilities' needs. A must listen for anyone involved in their facilities purchasing decisions!
October
6th
2022
79. Psychological Safety and Forming the Multidisciplinary Team
In this episode, Kevin and Adam speak to Marjorie Wall and Joseph Avila, both Directors at Memorial Hermann Health System in Texas. Don't miss this essential talk on the importance of "psychological safety" in the sterile processing department, and how Marjorie and Joseph used it to create a multidisciplinary team that accomplished amazing things! Bonus, learn how partnering with a local school can give you a pipeline of educated sterile processing technicians. No more travelers needed!
September
12th
2022
78. Sterile Processing: Safety First
In this episode, Jahan Azizi outlines the common safety hazards that we see in sterile processing departments each day, and the reasons behind why departments don't (or can't) prioritize the safety of its employees.
August
18th
2022
77. Horror Stories in Sterile Processing with the Healthmark Educators
Do you ever wonder what consultants see when they go into hospitals across the country? Well, we can tell you from experience that it's not always pretty. In this episode, Kevin Anderson is on the other side of the microphone for the first time as a guest, along with fellow educators, Malinda Elammari & Seth Hendee, as they recount their recent Healthmark webinar entitled "Horror Stories from the Field". Learn what mistakes hospitals are consistently making, and what tools and strategies you can use to avoid those mistakes!
August
4th
2022
76. Insulation Testing of Surgical Instruments with Cheron Rojo
In this episode, Kevin & Adam speak with Cheron Rojo, who will be recapping his most recent International Webinar presentation on insulation testing. Learn how Cheron's personal story inspired his research and what the data tells us about whether sterile processing professionals are following the standards on insulation testing!

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