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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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!
June
9th
2022
75. SID, Layerjot, and the Future of Surgical Instrument Identification with Etay Gafni
In this episode of the Ask The Educator Podcast, we interview Etay Gafni about Layerjot's new project: the Surgical Instrument Database, or S.I.D. for short. What is SID? How can Sterile Processing Technicians utilize it to identify our surgical instrumentation? Don't miss this episode about an exciting emerging technology that you can start using immediately in your own department! For more information about SID, or to start using the database, go to: https://www.layerjot.com/
May
5th
2022
74. Peel Pouch Problems
Malinda Elammari and Kevin Anderson continue their discussion on common peel pouch problems that are found in SPD departments.
March
25th
2022
73. How Confident are You in Your Peel Pouch Seals?
Malinda Elammari and host, Kevin Anderson discuss peel pouches and common issues with their seals.
February
28th
2022
72. Can we get an IFU for finding and using IFUs?
Adam Okada, Seth Hendee, and Kevin Anderson all discuss the need for training and documented competency for IFUs. Many departments now have access to IFU database software. However, it is common for users to struggle to find the IFU and/or the information they need within the IFU.
February
10th
2022
71. Cleaning up a Wet Mess: Troubleshooting Wet Packs
In this interview, Adam Okada and Kevin Anderson discuss the trouble with wet packs. What are some common errors made when troubleshooting wet packs and what are some resources to consider when tackling this frustrating problem in sterile processing? Find out in this episode of Ask the Educator.
January
20th
2022
70. Open Wide: A Discussion About Sterile Processing in the Dental Industry
Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss the current state of sterile processing in the dental industry.
December
9th
2021
69: Want to Take Your Sterile Prcoessing Career to the Next Level? Consider Mentorship: Interview with Sarah B. Cruz
Sarah B. Cruz is the guest educator on this episode and shares with us why and how mentorship may be an important step in your professional development.

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