MONDAY 10:30-11:30 AM • 1 CE CREDIT
Staying Current with AAMI ST79 for Your OR and Your SPD
Delores O’Connell, LPN, BA, AGTS, ASQ-CQIA CRCST, CHL, CER, CIS, Clinical Education Specialist, STERIS Corporation
This presentation will allow a professional nurse to review the updates to AAMI ST79:2017 and return to their facility with the information to audit current processes, policies and daily operations. Understanding the directives from the rationales will be explored along with information to build knowledge on the challenges of reprocessing to successfully manage reprocessing whether it is for sterile processing, endoscopy, ambulatory surgery centers, dental or MOBs.
Delores O’Connell is a Clinical Education Specialist representing STERIS Corporation supporting Infection Prevention Technology (IPT) Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest. She is responsible for supporting the professional education needs to achieve best practices for infection control, sterile processing, surgical and endoscopy environments as it pertains to device processing.
Prior to STERIS, Mrs. O’Connell started her career as a staff nurse and spent 22 years as the Manager of Sterile Processing, Surgical Inventory/SCM Medical Equipment Logistics for a multi hospital system in the Midwest. She has worked as a consultant on several healthcare construction projects assisting in developing a reprocessing department from the blueprint stage to full operation. Actively involved in her last position with the build of the surgical services interface of the EMR with OR preference cards for inventory and instrumentation and as an internal business manager for the OR. She promotes Quality and Lean philosophies alongside management systems and cultural change to improve patient safety while collaboratively working with all stakeholders from clinicians to administrators.
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