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37th Annual Conference

Session 1 

Victim to Superhero; A Journey of Trials, Tribulations, and Hope
(Cheron Rojo, Healthmark)


    • Provide insights and inspire attendees to find purpose in their professional and personal lives
    • Identify new conclusions regarding your perspective of work and your home life.
    • Motivate and navigate the audience to strive from a victim mentality to their own personal champion


Session 2

(Damien Berg & Amanda Benedict - HSPA)

  • Learn about the level of disinfection necessary for safe handling and patient use.
  • Learn about relevant standards and guidance.
  • Discern compatibility considerations for device/products’ IFU.
  • Understand safety and usage considerations relative to chemical disinfectants intended for use on the devices.


Session 3

Hands On Training Session
(Scott Knight - SIS & Kyle Abrams - STERIS)



Session 4

What’s New with Flexible Endoscope Processing: New Evidence and Guidelines for Improving Practices

(Jennifer Zeck, 3M)


    • Review key recent publications including ANSI/AAMI ST91:2021 Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities
    • Describe high risk endoscope categories and processing guidelines
    • Define key risks and quality control recommendations as defined in guidelines   



Session 5
(Cheron Rojo, Healthmark)


    • Define: The purpose of ANSI/AAMI PB70 and who is involved in the committee
    • Discuss: The main sections of the PB70 document and how they apply to various user types
    • Understand: The recent revisions of ANSI/AAMI PB 70 and how that effects our industry
    • Review: Review the main sections of TIR11 and how they apply to various user types and what we can see in the future for this document & future endeavors


Session 6
Building a Strong OR / SPD Relationship
(Adam Okada - Healthmark)


  • Understand the customer relationship between the sterile processing department (SPD) and the Operating Room (OR). 
  • Identify the common issues between the SPD and the OR. 
  • Explore practical tips for building a strong OR/SPD relationship.



Session 7 

Conducting a Moisture Assessment
(Michele Mckinley - STERIS)


    • Discuss factors contributing to moisture events involving steam sterilization; and
    • Identify the key elements of a systematic approach to investigating moisture events.



Session 8
What is Q Fever? One SPD's Collaborative Experience to Safe Management of Coxiella Burnetii-Contaminated Instruments

(Rebecca Alvino - UCSF)


  • Describe what Q Fever is as an illness, and the pathogen that causes infection.
  • Identify available current guidelines and literature around how to safely reprocess devices that have been exposed to patients with active Q Fever infection.
  • Discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to safely reprocessing instruments used in the clinical care of patients with Q Fever.


Session 9

Hands On Training Session
(Scott Knight - SIS & Kyle Abrams - STERIS)



Session 10

(Jhmeid Billingslea - Advantage)


  • Review the importance of proper References for Compliance and Best Practice
  • Present tips to evaluate the entire instrument sterilization process within your facility.
  • Focus on the importance of daily/weekly Quality Control testing as a part of a comprehensive
  • Quality Program
  • Define and diagnose common barriers and bottlenecks in most of your departments’ workflow.
  • Identify Sterile Processing area-specific education and competencies that should be delivered.
  • Address the “pink elephant” in every SPD: Departmental Cleanliness
  • Discuss how Productivity expectations impact Quality.
  • Evaluate workload vs. staffing to determine the need for additional staffing.
  • Consider the impact of Case Pulling Times on the entire workflow.
  • Present strategies on how to get the entire staff involved.
  • Demonstrate the consistent delivery of a total review of all assets, which will include opportunities for improvement in:
  • Hard assets (functionality and capacity)
  • Process workflow (throughput)
  • People
  • To define the action plan process assessment process to reach the goal of sterility or “people” which will include knowledge, accountability, staffing levels, and placement.


Session 11

Vendor Management 101
(Lexie Hagel - Surgio Health)


  • Upon completing this program, the learner will be able to list the 3 fundamentals required for establishing a successful vendor program. 
  • Following this presentation, the learner will be able to identify at least 2 data points they can begin collecting and measuring to better manage their reps.
  • By the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to list at least 2 strategies they can implement to drive better collaboration with their reps. 


Session 12

Developing from Within, building a useful career ladder in CSSD
(Randalyn Walters - BeliMed)


    • The pros and cons of promoting internally
    • Building a useful career ladder for your department
    • "Refreshing" your department assignments
    • Importance of "Out of the Box" candidate searching
    • Training 101
    • Mentoring, Precepting, Training vs. Educating
    • Summary, Questions and Sharing

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 8:00 AM until Sunday, July 16, 2023, 5:00 PM
Long Beach Memorial Care
2801 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA  90806
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Anthony Alvino
Registration is required before Friday, July 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only