The Source | February 26, 2019
Advice from the Field
The most important advice I would share is that SPD is not only about doing, which seems to be what most individuals believe. It encompasses a large component of microbiology and applying that to cross-contamination of items from dirty to clean and vice versa. SPD techs need to grasp that concept and apply it in practice.
Identify Your Impact with Lean
Author: Deb Haley (RN, CNOR, CSPDT, MBA), Director of Clinical Services
Google What is Lean and you’ll find a flavorful array of definitions - but when you're looking to define and source your department's influence on patient care Lean is where you should start.
Lean: A quick history
Lean is a methodology of process improvements.
First appearing in the thirteenth century with the Venetian Arsenal (naval shipyards); the process was first popularized in the US when Henry Ford commercialized his own concept of lean by creating flow production (the moving assembly line).
But the most popularized origin story of Lean began in the 1930s with Sakichi Toyoda’s introduction of the world’s first automatic loom. The family business is now synonymous with the development of the Toyota Production System (TPS). The goal of TPS is to standardize workflow by providing the best quality, at the lowest cost, in the shortest amount of time for the customer while effectively eliminating as much waste from the process as possible.
Lean in the OR/SPD
You may already understand how Lean makes a difference in the healthcare environment. But, have you outlined the impact you and your team make when integrating and implementing the Lean principles?
As we said, Lean is based on delivering the desired value/outcome for the customer. For instance, the desired value/outcome for OR/SPD is ensuring a safe patient experience with every patient (customer = OR/SPD, value/outcome = safe patient). But there are many value streams that impact a patient experience, from insurance to the quality of care, education, location, and service within a facility to name a few. By taking the time to identify every stream that impacts (or touches) a patient and ensuring the stopgaps are in place when abnormalities occur standardization within a health facility is attainable.
Meet the Family
With over 40 years working in the Perioperative, meet Deb Haley (RN, CNOR, CSPDT, MBA) Censis' Director of Clinical Services
From Scrub Nurse to Periop Director
Over my 40 years of experience within Perioperative Services and Sterile Processing, my titles have ranged from Scrub/Circulator Nurse to Perioperative Director. When you break down the decades, I’ve been in the hospital setting for 28 years (10 years in which I was leading a hospital with 22 ORs). I’ve worked in facilities of all backgrounds: community, pediatric and adult, as well as university facilities. My transition out of full-time clinical occurred 20 years ago when I served in founding one of the first instrument tracking companies as the clinical resource and hospital liaison for the Sterile Processing and Perioperative Departments. I am a published healthcare author; my latest article can be found here.
Originally from the Midwest (Go, Cardinals!), I now live with my husband Mike of 38 years in Florida with our toy poodle, Dolly. I have two wonderfully creative daughters with 3 grandchildren.
Looking forward, I am excited to be a presenter at IAHCSMM 2019 in California.
Guarantee your seat at CtUC 2019
Author: Jim Creason, COO
For the past nine years, I’ve been part of building our users conference, which makes the experience we create for you extremely important to me. For this reason, I’d like to share a few tips previous attendees of CtUC used with management to secure their conference funding.