Archived News Articles
Crosstex/SPSmedical Appoints New Account Managers
December 2015 - Rush, NY - Crosstex/SPSmedical announced today that Fred Alston and Tom Restuccia have joined the company's sales team to further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. Click here to access the article.
AED Launches Program to Help Hospitals Adapt to Affordable Care Act Challenges
Canoga Park, CA - Just as hospitals have had to re-invent themselves in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, Advanced Endoscopy Devices, Inc. (AED) has re-invented itself to provide the medical community with the tools it needs to reduce the costs of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as they go from fee-for-service models towards becoming Accountable Care Organizations. Click here to access the article.
Sister CSSD Application Now Open
July 29, 2015 - Chicago, IL - Applications are now open! IAHCSMM and 3M announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program.
Connecticut CS Technician Certification Bill Signed into Law
June 1, 2015 - Chicago, IL - On May 26, 2015, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law Central Service technician certification bill, Public Act 15-11, making Connecticut the third state in the nation, behind New Jersey and New York, to require certification of Central Service technicians.
IAHCSMM Announces 2015-2016 Executive Board Members
May 12, 2015 - Chicago, IL - The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is pleased to announce three new appointments to the 2015-2016 Executive Board.
Richard Schule Honored with 2015 IAHCSMM Award of Honor
May 12, 2015 - Chicago, IL - The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is pleased to announce that Richard Schule, CRCST, FCS, IAHCSMM Past-President and current Director of Clinical Education at STERIS Corp., received the 2015 IAHCSMM Award of Honor.
IAHCSMM Names 2015 Chapter of the Year Award Recipients
April 20, 2015 - Chicago, IL - Each year, the Chapter of the Year Awards, sponsored by STERIS Corp., recognize extraordinary IAHCSMM Chapters. Through chapter meetings, events and committees, these award-winning chapters demonstrate a commitment to education and professionalism in the field of Central Service, and promote powerful networking across their membership and chapter region.
IAHCSMM Announces 2015 Award Recipients
April 20, 2015 - Chicago, IL - The Central Service profession is comprised of many leaders and quality-focused service professionals, and each year the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Professionals (IAHCSMM) formally honors some of these dedicated individuals with its award program.
ChemDAQ Distribution Agreement with SciCan Ltd Expands Availability of Sterilant Vapor Detection in Canadian Hospitals
March 16, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA - ChemDAQ Inc., the leader in environmental monitoring systems for low-temperature and liquid chemcial sterilants, announced a distribution agreement with SciCan Ltd., a full spectrum infection control solution provider. SciCan will offer ChemDAQ's Steri-Trac line of environmental monitoring systems for PeraceticAcid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Ozone and Ethylene Oxide vapors. This agreement signifies a major step within the Canadian hospital market, enabling hospitals to comply with CSA Standards, provincial regulations, and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) regulations. Click here to access the article.
Tanis, Inc.: Surgical Instrument Cleaning Solutions at IAHCSMM
Tanis, Inc., an industrial brush manufacturer located in Delafield, WI believes their expertise in custom design and manufacturing will provide big solutions for cleaning contaminated medical instruments, a message it will present at IAHCSMM this May, Booth #337. Click here to access the article.
InstruSafe Products Assume New Brand Identity
To continue the positive momentum that Summit Medical has created with their InstruSafe instrument protection trays, the product line is proud to announce their re-branding effort. This update includes a modernized logo, an easy to navigate website, social media outlets and more! InstruSafe strives to get in front of their current and potential customers with a fresh new look that reflects their unique approach to solving problematic instrument sets. Click here to access the article.
Third Annual Global Exchange Ambassadors Announced
December 15, 2014 - Chicago, IL and Saint Paul, MN - IAHCSMM and 3M are pleased to announce selected educational ambassadors for the third annual International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program.
STERIS Announces Launch of Latest Innovation
November 3, 2014 - Mentor, OH - STERIS Corporation, a leader in hydrogen peroxide sterilization, has announced the launch of the V-PRO* 60 Low Temperature Sterilization System, its latest innovative advance for today's challenging healthcare market. This product provides healthcare professionals with the most productive and cost-effective solution for reprocessing heat and moisture-sensitive devices. Click here to access the article.
AAMI Names Top 10 Medical Device Challenges
September 29, 2014 - Arlington, VA - Healthcare technology management professionals face a number of challenges as they ensure the equipment they maintain provides safe and effective care. A recent survey, which includes responses from 195 hospitals across the United States, reveals what problems keep them up at night.
Sister CSSD Application Re-Opened
September 19, 2014 - Chicago, IL - The application period is re-opened for the IAHCSMM - 3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program due to an unexpected relocation of a top U.S.-based candidate.
HPN Feature Story Offers Snapshot of State of CS Certification
July 1, 2014 - Sarasota, FL - The July 2014 issue of Healthcare Purchasing News includes a feature article highlighting the current state of state CS certification efforts. The article includes quotes and legislative updates from IAHCSMM's Government Affairs Director Josephine Colacci, JD.
Sterilization equipment/disinfectants market expected to top $9 billion globally in 2019
May 4, 2014, Albany, NY - According to the new report "Sterilization Equipment and Disinfectants Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013-2019," published by Transparency Market Research, the global Sterilization Equipment and Disinfectants market is forecasted to reach a market value of USD $9.15 billion, up from USD $5.13 billion in 2012.
Hospital-acquired conditions and readmits on downswing
May 7, 2014 - The 30-day hospital readmission rate in Medicare — a key quality-of-care metric — continued to decline in 2013, and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), such as infections, adverse drug events, and falls decreased 9% from 2010 to 2012, saving almost 15,000 lives, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced.
2014 Fellow Announcement
May 4, 2014 - Columbus, OH - Karen Owens, CRCST, CHL, CIS, FCS, RN, BSN, System Director of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare was honored with IAHCSMM Fellowship during the 2014 IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo.
IAHCSMM Announces 2014 Award Recipients
April 17, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Each year, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) honors Central Service professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership, knowledge, service, and skill in the CS profession.
New York Governor Signs Patient Safety Bill Into Law
August 1, 2013 - New York, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law A.878-a (Bronson)/S.697-a (Grisanti), which requires Central Service technicians to become certified and undergo continuing education credits. CS technicians play a most important role in the delivery of patient care. These professionals are responsible for ensuring that instrumentation and equipment used in medical and surgical procedures are properly cleaned, disinfected, inspected, and sterilized prior to patient use. The bill goes into effect January 1, 2015.
2013 Fellow Announcement
Managing Steam Sterilization Process - Patricia H. Nothum, RN, BSN, CRCST, CHL has been honored with IAHCSMM Fellowship due to the paper, "Managing Steam Sterilization Process."
IAHCSMM and 3M Issue Call for Entries for Second Annual Global Educational Exchange
March 12, 2013 - Chicago, IL and Saint Paul, MN – On the heels of a successful inaugural year, IAHCSMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management) and 3M announce that applications are now being accepted for the second annual International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program. The educational program is designed to promote the global exchange of best practices in the Central Sterile Supply Departments (CSSD) of hospitals, targeting improved patient care for health care facilities worldwide.
Two Federal Agency Alerts Address Device Reprocessing Challenges
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued two separate communications addressing instrument reprocessing concerns.
Design of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Duodenoscopes May Impede Effective Cleaning
The FDA has issued a Safety Communication warning that the design of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Duodenoscopes may impede effective cleaning.
UPMC Investigation into GI Scope-Related Infections Changes National Guidelines
National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC's infection prevention team.
WHO: Spread of polio now a world health emergency
Spread of Polio International Emergency - For the first time ever, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.
10 Pioneers Enter Healthcare Supply Chain Leaders Hall of Fame Bellwether Class of 2012 Emphasize, Reinforce Trailblazing Leadership
October 19, 2012 - Schaumburg, IL -- Bellwether League Inc., the healthcare supply chain leaders hall of fame, inducted 10 pioneering professionals who moved the needle and stretched the boundaries of what's possible to achieve in an increasingly important segment of a reform-minded industry.
IAHCSMM Executive Director Betty Hanna to Retire
September 28, 2012 - Chicago, IL – Betty Hanna, who has served in the Executive Director role for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for 48 years, will retire December 31, 2012.
2012 Fellow Announcement
Factors Affecting the Leadership Process - Cory S. Nestman, BS, MS, CRCST, ACE has been honored with IAHCSMM Fellowship due to the paper, "Factors Affecting the Leadership Process Improvement Teams in Sterile Processing."
FDA Announces Important Product Safety Communication
July 5, 2012 - The FDA is informing the public of an important product Safety Communication on Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) Sterrad Cyclesure 24 Biological Indicators, and invites you to participate in a briefing for stakeholders to discuss the following:
What are the GS1 standards and why are they important to the US healthcare industry?
Jean Sargent, CMRP, FAHRMM - As most of you are aware, healthcare is lacking consistent supply chain standards with regard to labeling all supplies, including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and instruments. In most cases, we cannot scan the bar code on the package or product and accept that information into our systems. That is what the GS1 standards initiative is about – getting to the same point where retail is in terms of bar code scanning, with the ability to perform quick and efficient product recalls.
IAHCSMM / 3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program Ambassadors Announced
May 1, 2012, Albuquerque, NM - IAHCSMM and 3M Health Care recently announced the IAHCSMM / 3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program, an educational program designed to promote the global exchange of best practices in hospital Central Sterile Supply Departments.
STERIS University Launches Demo Legacy Series
DeMeo Legacy Series of Training - STERIS University, an educational portal of STERIS Corp. offering continuing education for healthcare industry professionals, and Michele DeMeo, CRCST, CSPDT, have partnered to offer the DeMeo Legacy Series of training and motivational materials. DeMeo, a Central Service veteran, IAHCSMM member and former columnist for IAHCSMM's e-newsletter Central Source, is a widely known expert on CS department optimization and sterile processing best practices.
|CSSD expert tackles new role: pens book about finding peace and living well in face of terminal illness|
March 24, 2012 - York, PA -- Michele DeMeo, CRCST, CSPDT, is considered an expert in the hospital Central Sterile Supply field. She is highly regarded for her management techniques, knowledge, expertise, and many contributions to various healthcare associations and professional publications. Beyond that, she has worked as an independent consultant, global educator, national and international sterile processing standards development contributor, author, and activist for many causes.
IAHCSMM and 3M Announce International Partnership
March 6, 2012 - Chicago, IL and Saint Paul, MN – IAHCSMM (the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management) and 3M today announced an educational program designed to promote the global exchange of best practices in the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) of hospitals, targeting improved patient care for health care facilities worldwide.
CSSD profession spotlighted in TODAY show segment, investigative report
Feb. 23, 2012 - Chicago, IL – The Central Sterile Supply profession found itself in the national spotlight yesterday with the airing of an NBC TODAY show segment that addressed the dangers of contaminated surgical instruments and the need for adequate training and certification of CSSD technicians.