Sterilization & Decontamination Conference: The Regional Meeting of HSPA / F.I.R.E

Theme: Time for growth and higher standard of care for patients

June 19-21 2024

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, USA

Sterilization & Decontamination Conference

The knowledge of standards, complexities, and efforts in improving CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department) functions and the skillset required to deliver high-quality patient care was enhanced.

The two-day conference, led by the Florida Intercoastal Reprocessing Educators (F.I.R.E.), offered collaborative insights on the latest developments, technologies, and processes that help increase safety for patients and staff. The conference highlighted advancements in instruments and challenges in reprocessing, with global experts from F.I.R.E. sharing their knowledge on CSSD responsibilities.

Chairs

  • Brian Reynolds, President, F.I.R.E.; Asst Chief, Department of Veterans Affairs - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL, USA 
  • Arlene Bush, Communications Director, F.I.R.E, FL, USA 

Key topics area

  • Health and safety/Meeting High-Level Disinfectant Guidelines in CSSD 
  • Reprocessing of endoscopes 
  • Role of CSSD in patient safety 
  • Reprocessing for reusable medical devices post COVID-19 
  • New process and changes implemented in the disinfection and sterilization guide  
  • New risks for patient safety and checklist for patient care from hospital to outpatient settings 

Target profile

  • CSSD (sterile service) Managers 
  • CSSD (sterile service) Supervisors 
  • CSSD Technicians 
  • Heads of CSSD unit 

Agenda

Wednesday, 21 June 2023

 

08:45 | Welcome remarks
Arlene Bush, Communications Director, F.I.R.E, Florida, USA

09:00 |  Flexible endoscope basics
Arthur Henderson, Senior, Clinical Education Specialist, South Eastern Zone, STERIS Corporation, Mentor, Ohio, USA

10:00 | Point of use from the OR to SPD
Arthur Henderson, Senior, Clinical Education Specialist, South Eastern Zone, STERIS Corporation, Mentor, Ohio, USA

11:00 | Point of use from the OR to SPD
IMS

12:00 | Keynote address: Integrating innovation in CSSD planning and design
Albert Csapo, Regional Director for Clinical Utilization, Vancouver Coastal Health; Director, Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR); Past President, Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR)

12:30 | Poster presentation

13:00 | Lunch and visit exhibition

15:00 | Closing remarks and certificates

Thursday, 22 June 2023

 

08:45 | Welcome Remarks
Arlene Bush, Communications Director, F.I.R.E, Florida, USA

09:00 | Borescopes
Healthmark

10:00 | TBA
Healthmark

11:00 | Hands on lab
Healthmark

12:00 | Keynote address: CSSD of the future
Carolina Chiodini, Education Officer, World Federation For Hospital Sterilisation Sciences (WFHSS), Buenos Aires, Argentina

12:30 | Poster presentation

13:00 | Lunch break and visit exhibition

15:00 | Closing remarks and certificates