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New-School Thinking in Sterile Reprocessing

Interactive imaging and the return of ethylene oxide will shape the future care of contaminated instruments.

Weston "Hank" Balch

Weston "Hank" Balch, CRCST, CIS, CHL


Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
HELP WANTED Technological advances are keeping pace with the growing complexity of instrument care.

Most of surgery’s hottest innovations are found in high-tech ORs, but don’t ignore the exciting new developments taking place in central sterile departments. Your reprocessing techs might soon use virtual reality to become expert in instrument care or refer to real-time augmented reality displays of reprocessing instructions. Sterile processing’s future also includes the resurgence of ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization, a tried-and-true method for preventing bacteria build-up in flexible endoscopes. Here’s a closer look at how new-school thinking remains focused on the old-school goal of preparing instruments for safe patient care.

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