2022 Symposium on Sterile Processing & Infection Prevention

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Healthcare Hygiene magazine is partnering with the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) to develop a three-day virtual symposium that will explore imperatives relating to the needs of the sterile processing department, collaboration with infection prevention and control stakeholders, and communication with the hospital C-suite leadership.

This symposium, scheduled for Oct. 11-13, 2022 during Sterile Processing Week, will offer 6 FREE contact hours of continuing education* for sterile processing professionals, nurses and other healthcare practitioners. This virtual symposium will be available on demand starting Oct. 13 through Dec. 31, 2022.

* Healthcare Hygiene magazine/Keystone Media Inc. is an approved provider #17500 of the California Board of Registered Nurses.

Please note that free seats for this virtual symposium are secured on a first-come, first-served basis, with clinical attendees seated first through our RSVP process. Members of industry may attend for $75 per registration, an administrative fee levied by Keystone Media Inc./Healthcare Hygiene magazine. Email team@keystonemediainc.com for details.

The sessions:

Sessions will address some of the most timely issues facing the SPD, including:

• Leveraging the power of education and working with hospital leadership to improve sterile processing departments (SPDs)

• Addressing SPD knowledge and skills gaps through education and training

• Joint Commission and AAMI standards; how TJC surveyors interpret the standards, including those under the new ST91: 2021, during site visits and ensure the standards and best practices are being consistently followed

• Identifying SPD needs through infection prevention and control risk assessment processes

• Occupational exposure risks in the SPD, including ground-breaking research on splashes and droplet dispersal in sterile processing areas, plus new recommendations for visual inspection of flexible endoscopes

• Exploring the many ways sterile professionals impact lives every day


The agenda:

Day 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11


11 a.m. -11:15 a.m. ET

HSPA president Marjorie Wall's welcome

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. ET
Session 1: Leveraging the Power of Education and Working With Hospital Leadership to Improve SPDs

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
Session 2: Education: Your Greatest Tool

Day 2: Wednesday, Oct. 12

11 a.m. -12 p.m. ET
Session 3: The Joint Commission Survey Process

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. ET
Session 4: Celebrating the Infection Prevention & Sterile Processing Partnership

Day 3: Thursday, Oct. 13

11 a.m. -12 p.m. ET
Session 5: Elevating Skills and Safety for Sterile Processing Personnel

12 p.m.-1:15 p.m. ET
Session 6: As a Sterile Processing Professional, What Do YOU Bring to the Table?


The presenters:

Cori Ofstead, Ofstead & Associates. Inc.


Sylvia Garcia, The Joint Commission


Natalie Lind, Healthcare Sterile Processing Association


Monique Jelks, The Resource Group/Ascension Health


Anthony Bondon, HSHS St. Johns Hospital


Jill Holdsworth, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Sharon Greene-Golden, Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center



PLUS: C-Suite Executives Discuss Sterile Processing Challenges and Opportunities

In this conversation, Damien Berg, vice president of strategic initiatives for HSPA, speaks with UC Health executives Ryan Rohman, chief operating officer of University of Colorado Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Loveland-based UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, and Ashley Bruning, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital chief nursing officer.

This presentation will be available throughout the three-day event.

Special thanks to our partner:

2022 Symposium on Sterile Processing & Infection Prevention FAQs


Q: Who is developing this Symposium?

A: Healthcare Hygiene magazine/Keystone Media Inc. is partnering with the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) to develop this three-day virtual event.


Q: Is the symposium virtual?

A: Yes, 100 percent online.


Q: Will the event be made available beyond Oct. 11-13, 2022?

A: Yes, the symposium will be available on demand 24/7 through Dec. 31, 2022. You may return to the symposium platform as much as you’d like within that time.


Q: How much does it cost to attend?

A: Symposium attendance is free for clinicians, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $75 per registration for manufacturers, consultants, and other healthcare stakeholders, ad administrative fee levied by Healthcare Hygiene magazine/Keystone Media Inc., the producer of this event. For registration fee details, send an email to: team@keystonemediainc.com


Q: How do I participate in the Symposium?

A: You must be a registered participant to attend the Symposium.


Q: How do I RSVP?

A: Prospective attendees will complete the RSVP form and be added to our waitlist prior to the beginning of the event on Oct. 11, 2022. Once your registration is approved, you will be provided with a link that will take you to the Symposium platform. You will enter the Virtual Lobby, where you may learn more about the Symposium’s slate of educational sessions, read about the speakers, bookmark sessions of interest, network with other attendees, watch videos from our education partners, download materials, etc.


Q: How do I watch the sessions?

A: Once your registration has been approved, you will be sent a confirmation email containing the link you will use to gain access to the Symposium platform. Check the agenda for days and times, and then access the sessions through the same access link provided in your registration confirmation email.


Q: What if I have a technical issue?

A: We want you to have a trouble-free experience, but sometimes things happen. There are some steps that you can take to ward off any potential glitches. Prior to participating in the symposium, please check with your institution’s information technology (IT) staff to determine if there are any firewalls that could potentially interfere with your viewership; sometimes watching at your residence instead of your place of employment can be easier, for this reason. Using Chrome as your browser offers the smoothest Internet experience. Temporarily disable any pop-up blockers, as we use this function to relay important information throughout the symposium. If your screen freezes or buffers, we suggest refreshing it by hitting the F5 key. Using a wired Internet connection as opposed to wireless can help eliminate these issues. Most of all, don’t panic, as all the sessions will be available on-demand for the next 90 days, so you won’t miss anything. If you get stuck, please email: kelly@healthcarehygienemagazine.com. There is also a Troubleshooting button at the top of the event platform.


Q: Will I be able to ask questions?

A: Yes. You will be able to chat with other attendees in the symposium virtual lobby. In addition, you can submit questions for the presenters via the chat function in each session, and they will answer them as soon as possible.


Q: How do I visit the education partners’ virtual rooms?

A: In the Virtual Lobby, you may click on any of the educational partners’ virtual rooms to explore the materials available for download, videos to watch, etc.


Q: How do I earn my contact hours of continuing education?

A: You must watch an entire session and look for the opportunity to be taken to the CE test. You will be asked to register on FlexiQuiz, the CE portal associated with this Symposium, where you will be able to store and share your test grades, certificates, etc.


Q: How do I get my CE certificate(s)?

A: You must watch each session completely, take the 10-question true/false test associated with each session, and pass with a grade of 80 percent or better. You will have five attempts to take each test. Once you pass the test, you will be able to view, download, print and store your certificate on our FlexiQuiz CE portal.


Q: What entities accept these contact hours?

A: These contact hours are designed to meet sterile processing technicians’ certification and nurses’ licensure requirements in the United States. They are approved by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) as well as the California Board of Registered Nurses, via Keystone Media Inc.’s provider number. You will need to inquire about acceptance of our contact hours with any other entity that is not the HSPA or a nursing licensure board.


Q: How long are the contact hours valid?

A: The contact hours we issue are valid for two years from the date of issuance and will expire in December 2024.