The tumultuous and devoted acceptance of our customers to our newest rapid biological indicator for vaporized hydrogen peroxide (3M™ Attest ™VH2O2 Biological Indicator 1295) has been remarkable. Now, we want to share some best practices to help your Central Sterile Processing department.
Do you know if your Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization Quality Assurance Policy and Procedure is correct, and up-to-date to current published standards and guidelines?
Healthcare accreditation organizations are paying close attention to medical device processing and are reviewing and verifying a department’s policies and procedures. A facility’s policies and procedures are the foundation of the day-to-day operation of your sterile processing department. The document available from 3M, Quality Assurance for Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VH2O2) Sterilizers, is a brief and concise summary of the quality assurance recommendations for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizers to help you update your policies and procedures.
Here are a few questions about VH2O2 sterilization:
Do you know which professional standards and guidelines that contain the recommended practices for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizers (i.e. gas plasma sterilizers)? ANSI/AAMI ST58:2013 Chemical sterilization and high-level disinfection in health care facilities and the 2016 Edition AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, Guideline for Sterilization are the basis for best practices.
Did you know that monitoring vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizers are similar too, but not exactly, like steam and ethylene oxide sterilizers? As with other sterilization modalities, a variety of monitoring tools are used as part of an effective VH2O2 sterilizer quality assurance program. These include physical monitors, chemical indicators and biological indicators.
Section 9.5.1 of AAMI ST58 discusses the use of physical monitors for monitoring gaseous chemical sterilization processes. The Key quotes are: “At the end of the cycle and before items are removed from the processing equipment, the operator should examine and interpret the printout to verify that cycle parameters were met and should initial it to allow later identification of the operator.” Do you know how to interpret the printout from your hydrogen peroxide sterilizer?
AAMI ST58 states: “A PCD with the appropriate BI should also be used at least daily, but preferably in every sterilization cycle” (Section 188.8.131.52). AORN’s Guideline for Sterilization is slightly more specific and states, “Routine sterilizer efficacy monitoring should be performed at least daily on each cycle type, preferably with each load” Recommendations XX.h.4 and XX.h.5). In U.S. hospitals, end-users typically place a BI and an internal CI in a peel-pouch indicated for use in VH2O2 sterilizers and then position the pouched BI in the sterilizer chamber as recommended by the sterilizer manufacturer. As a best practice and to provide optimal patient safety, 3M recommends that every sterilization load be monitored with a biological indicator.
To assure your policy and procedures align download here.
Calling all perioperative nurses and healthcare workers! AORN Surgical Conference and Expo is upon us once again, April 2-6, 2016 in sunny Anaheim, CA. We’re looking forward to another great conference and expo with new technology, scientific data, as well as great education seminars and events.
AORN Surgical Conference and Expo 2016 – Events to See
Education Sessions – Over 65 to sort through! From ambulatory to clinical to evidence-based practice/research, there’s a little of something for everyone to continue your education track.
OR Executive Summit – This special summit is geared for the day-to-day periop leaders. Managers, directors, vice presidents, and even chief nursing officers should attend this event. There are a lot of changes that leaders are dealing with today, and this is a way to get some creative insight to make improvements. There is a separate registration for this and additional fees do apply. Don’t forget to check out the breakfast symposium presented by 3M Health Care on Monday (4/4/16) from 7:00-8:00 am: Embedding an Infection Prevention Nurse in the OR.
Leadership Development Summit – This summit isn’t restricted to current leaders or job titles. Anyone who aspires to be in a leadership role should check out this event. This event is a chance to network with other future perioperative leaders. This event also has a separate registration and fees. Check out the lunch symposium presented by 3M Health Care on Tuesday (4/5/16) from 12:15-1:15 pm: The Relationship between the Sterile Processing Department and the Operating Room.
3M Health Care Booth – Come Say Hi and See What’s New
We’d love to see you! Stop by our booth, #913, and receive 100 Surf the Hall points for a chance to win a prize from AORN.
3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic (Povidone-Iodine Solution 5% w/w [0.5% available iodine] USP) Patient Preoperative Skin Preparationhelps reduce bacteria in the nares in 1 hour.1 Download and read the summary of clinical evidence before the show, then stop by for more information and to try it for yourself!
Stop Unintended Perioperative Hypothermia Before it Begins. Actively warming surgery patients before anesthesia induction is called prewarming. Prewarming is an effective way to help prevent intraoperative hypothermia in many surgical cases. Both the 3M Bair Hugger system and the 3M Bair Paws system use convective warming to help maintain a patient’s body temperature, and also can make the patient surgical experience a bit more comfortable. This year at the 2016 AORN Expo, we will have patient warming experts on hand to help you see, and feel, the difference! Before you head to the expo, download a copy the prewarming sheet and get your questions answered by one of our experts. Want to discover even more? Take a free continuing education course on the topic! We look forward to see you in Anaheim!
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Health care, especially perioperative services, is changing and evolving. If you are a perioperative nurse you have likely seen some changes and challenges over the past few years. In my experience, one of the greatest challenges I see for all perioperative leaders is to balance the quality and costs associated with effective patient care. AORN sees this issue, and that’s why they established the Center for Nursing Leadership to help today’s and tomorrow’s perioperative leaders evaluate solutions for improvement.
Beginning March 24th through May 28th, the AORN Center for Nursing Leadership will be offering one-day educational program and networking events across the country. The program is designed to take an in-depth look at new regulations, perioperative services operational issues, and better ways to use data – helping to make smarter decisions. I think this is a unique opportunity to talk candidly with other leaders and future leaders in your area. Many of the same issues exist across the country and this is a valuable platform to share best practices. Dates and locations for the education and networking event are as follows:
March 24, Atlanta (8:00 – 4:00)
March 26, Dallas (8:00 – 4:00)
April 1, St. Paul (8:00 – 4:00)
April 7, Chicago area (8:00 – 4:00)
April 9, Cincinnati (8:00 – 4:00)
April 22, Seattle (8:00 – 4:00)
April 29, San Francisco/Bay area (8:00 – 4:00)
May 6, New York City (8:00 – 4:00)
May 12, Cleveland (8:00 – 4:00)
May 28, Philadelphia (8:00 – 4:00)
Check for updates from AORN.
The 3M Health Care perioperative solutions team is a Diamond level supporter of the program this year. That means we are making investments in education and advancement of perioperative care. Our goal is to collaborate with facilities and leaders to improve safety while managing costs. Every day we work hard to connect science with clinical expertise to create effective perioperative healthcare solutions for today and tomorrow.
Each year, Perioperative nurses and healthcare professionals ascend upon the AORN Conference and Expo. This year the conference takes place in Denver, Colorado – also home to AORN. Like previous years, we all expect to see new technology, scientific data, and be informed at the ongoing seminars and events. Here is a short list of events the 3M Infection Prevention Solutions Periop team encourages you to check out!
Where to go at the 2015 AORN Conference and Expo:
BUZZ Sessions: We like these sessions! They give participants a chance to take an indepth look at issues with an expert. Participants can get useful advice and ideas to take back and share.
Career Coaching: This is something that is relevant to almost everyone. This year there are four sessions AND an open forum. If you can’t make a course, definitely make time to stop by the open forum and ask that question you have been thinking about.
OR Executive Summit: This special summit is geared for the day-to-day periop leaders. Managers, directors, vice presidents, and even chief nursing officers should attend this event. There are a lot of changes that leaders are dealing with today, and this is a way to get some creative insight to make improvements. There is a separate registration for this and additional fees do apply.
Leadership Development Summit: A NEW event! This summit isn’t restricted to current leaders or job titles. Anyone who aspires to be in a leadership role should check this event out. This event is a chance to network with other future perioperative leaders. This event also has a separate registration and fees.
3M Infection Prevention Solutions tradeshow booth: Of course we want you to stop by our booth 2710! We want you to actually try solutions and tell us what you think. Maybe you already use some of our solutions, but here is an opportunity to see more – and talk to the people who know the science behind how they work. Take a look at some of the 3M Infection Prevention Solutions.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver, March 8 – 10!