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Answers to Your Toughest Sterile Processing Questions

Bob Marrs

Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL


Peter Nichol

Peter Nichol, MD


Weston "Hank" Balch

Weston "Hank" Balch, CRCST, CIS, CHL


Experts from the sterile processing consulting firm Beyond Clean are heading to the Big Easy to tackle your biggest issues in instrument care and give you the inside scoop on one of the most important and underappreciated jobs in surgery. The Beyond Clean team won't be reading PowerPoint slides from behind a podium. They want to connect with the crowd and hear from you about the down and dirty details of what's really happening in today's sterile processing departments. Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Beyond Clean's founder and president, will hit on these hot topics.

  • Tough job gets tougher. Surgical instruments are becoming more complex and, not surprisingly, more difficult to clean and sterilize. Find out how to ensure that these devices can be reprocessed both safely and quickly, and learn about new equipment and technologies that can help your reprocessing techs do their jobs more effectively.
  • Crowded surgical trays. Instrument trays are often filled with tools that might not be needed in the OR. Hear about how to work with members of the sterile processing team, OR staff and surgeons to reorganize and consolidate instrument sets in order to increase reprocessing efficiencies and reduce case start time delays.
  • Up-to-date IFUs. It's difficult to remain up to speed on instrument manufacturers' instructions for use, which outline the essential steps for proper instrument cleaning and sterilizing. After this talk, you'll head home with tips for keeping IFUs current and readily available.
  • Heightened security. Theft of instruments and other equipment is a growing concern. The Beyond Clean team has ideas on how to keep your inventory locked down and safe.
  • Labor shortages. Good help in hard to find in sterile processing. The Beyond Clean team will discuss ways to find and attract qualified instrument reprocessing personnel and motivate your team to improve their skills and seek certification in proper instrument care.
  • Single-use versus reusable. Is it smarter to purchase disposables or invest in durable instrumentation? Listen to the pros and cons of each option before deciding which one makes the most financial and clinical sense for your facility. OSM

Speaker Profile

  • Mr. Balch has served in many leadership roles in sterile processing and is cohost of the Beyond Clean industry podcast, a weekly discussion about the inner workings of instrument care (
  • Mr. Marrs has worked in surgery for 20 years as a certified surgical technologist, central sterile technician, case cart coordinator, and sterile processing supervisor, manager and director.
  • As surgical director of OR services at University of Wisconsin Health, Dr. Nichol has overseen the rebuilding of sterile processing services at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis.
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