MONDAY 9:30-10:30 AM • 1 CE CREDIT

The Shocking Truth of Insulated Instruments – Implementing a Strong Insulation Testing Program

Cheron Rojo, CRCST, CIS, CER, CFER, CHL, Clinical Education Coordinator, Healthmark Industries

With the numerous documented medical malpractice cases in the media, patient burns are under high scrutiny and has solidified the importance of insulation testing for insulated instrumentation and devices. The focus of insulation testing of laparoscopic instrumentation has misled our profession to forget about the diversity of electrosurgical devices from bipolar forceps to robotic arms and the effects to innovate new technology of insulation testers and their accessories to meet the coverage of insulated devices. This presentation will provide attendees with a better understanding of standards and recommendations from various organizations as well as best practices for building and maintaining an effective verification testing program.

Cheron Rojo is a Certified Registered Central Service Technician, Certified Instrument Specialist, Certified Endoscope Reprocesser, Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocesser, and a Certified Healthcare Leader. He served on the professional development resource committee for IAHCSMM, as well as the education director for the California Central Service Association.

Cheron has 30 years in the sterile processing arena as a has a sterile processing technician, SPD educator, an instrument coordinator, and a surgical technologist in the surgical realm. He graduated in 2008, with highest honors from Fresno City College with an Associates of Arts in Speech Communication specializing in public speaking and team dynamics. He is currently working on his BS in Communication. He is also currently on the AAMI working groups for ST79, PB70, ST91, TIR99. Cheron has also taught the CRCST and CIS courses since 2006 for new and existing sterile processing technicians. Cheron is a member of IAHCSMM and AORN and was named the 2018 “Educator of the Year” by the Golden West Central Service Chapter. He is a great advocate for nurturing education throughout the United States and believes, “Attitude is Everything!”

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