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34th Annual Conference & Vendor Exhibit - Speakers

Paul A Moritz  | Published on 6/19/2019

34th Annual Conference and Vendor Exhibit

The Journey…From IFU to You!

Las Vegas, Nevada - July 20 & 21, 2019

Speakers Line-up




Session - 1

Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices: Standards, Recommendations & Guidelines!

Chuck Hughes - Highpower Validation & Testing Labs

  • Discuss why compliance with Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines (best practices) is so important when reprocessing reusable medical devices,
  • Explain where to find and how to use best practices with the reprocessing of reusable medical devices, and
  • Identify common errors when reprocessing complex surgical instruments and flexible endoscopes.


Session - 2

Check your Title at the Door

Shawn Flynn, CRCST, CIS, CHL - Manager Sterile Processing/OR Services - Stanford Children’s Health

  • How Did We Get Here?
  • Oh How Times Have Changed
  • Medical Device Innovation Curve / SPD Innovation Curve
  • Relative Sizes and Detection Devices
  • Fast Forward
  • Example of Medical Device Innovation
  • Increased Set Volume = Shortcuts
  • Example of reprocessing inefficiency
  • The incivility continuum
  • We Have No Choice But to Change
  • C-Suites
  • Physicians


  • IPC Professionals
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Sterile Processing Leadership
  • Sterile Processing Technologist
  • Medical Device Industry
  • Regulatory Agencies



Session - 3

The Science of Reprocessing - Water Quality

Stephen Kovach - Director of Education – Healthmark Industries

Define and understand the role of the quality of water used in Sterile Processing

  • Review the standards, guidelines and IFU that prescribe the quality of water you must use in the cleaning process
  • Understand how poor water can contribute to poor outcomes in patients


Session - 4

Line in the Sand: Labeling, Validation & IFU’s

Gene Ricupito, CRCST, CHL, CFER, PMP – C&R Healthcare Partners, LLC

  • FDA Labeling requirements for Medical devices
  • Cleaning, HLD, Sterilization validation process
  • Recent AAMI guidance for risk assessment
  • Issues we encounter






Session - 5

Bad Bugs, No Drugs! Why & What Now SPD?

Wava Truscott, PhD, MBA - Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC

Sponsored by Central Sterilization Solutions

  • Explain why antimicrobial and drug resistant infections are serious threats to the US and the world
  • List the reasons why increasing numbers of microorganisms have become resistant
  • Describe how SPD/CS can avoid contributing to microbial resistance


Session - 6

Infection Prevention Is You: Your Journey to Quality Care Every Scope Every Time

Donald T. Cabrera, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CFER - Sterilization and Disinfection Lead Consultant

Kaiser Permanente Southern California

  • Your role in infection prevention
  • Risks involved in endoscope reprocessing
  • Regulatory versus guidelines and recommendations
  • Areas where infection prevention can be improved
  • Recommendations and best practices


Session - 7

Forecasting For Success: Prioritizing & Maximizing efficiencies in CSSD

David Jagrosse - CSS Manager - Middlesex Hospital, David Jagrosse Consulting LLC

  • Prioritizing the work on hand...getting to “Zero”
  • Forecasting what's needed for the next 5 days…No more “surprise” loaners
  • Faster Smarter Leaner processing


Session - 8

Biofilm Basics: What is it? And how to beat it!

Brandon Van Hee - Clinical Education Manager - Key Surgical

  • Define biofilm and how it differs from soil and bioburden
  • Understand the characteristics of biofilm and how it forms
  • Identify medical devices that are most at risk to harbor microbial biofilms
  • Discuss industry guidelines as they relate to biofilm prevention
  • Discuss ways in which healthcare professionals can prevent biofilm formation