AAMI Summer Learning Series: Sterilization Track


The AAMI Summer Learning Series is your opportunity to gain insights from leading health technology, regulatory, and sterilization experts in an interactive virtual format. Each custom track connects you with the content most relevant to success in your role. Registration includes live streaming access and recordings of the sessions. Learn when—and where—you want this summer at an incredible value! Each webinar is worth one (1) for up to five (5) CEU's for your ACI certification, to which you will receive upon completion of the final webinar in this series.


Registration Rates

–Registration includes all sessions in the track!–




Session: 1

Overcoming the Challenges of Extracting Samples from Flexible Endoscope for Verification

Monday, August 10, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

AAMI, the U.S. FDA, and others are recommending cleaning verification testing and microbial surveillance testing as a means to determine if a flexible endoscope is safe and ready to use. Extracting samples for cleaning verification and microbial surveillance testing from a flexible endoscope poses two main challenges: 1) Extraction efficiency is hampered because the endoscope cannot be damaged or otherwise altered, so that it is available for the next procedure, and 2) Contamination of the sample during recovery, particularly bacterial contamination, is exceedingly difficult to prevent in the clinical environment. The presenters will review these challenges and describe a novel approach, using a closed-loop method, to address them. Data demonstrating the efficacy of such a method will be presented.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Ralph Basile, Healthmark Industries Co., Inc.
  • Jahan Azizi, Healthmark Industries Co., Inc.
  • Kaumudi Kulkarni, Healthmark Industries Co., Inc.


Session: 2

Sterile Processing and HTM Departments Collaborate for Patient Safety

Friday, August 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The healthcare technology management professionals are in a unique position to collaborate with sterile processing departments (SPD) on enhancing patient safety. HTM’s unique role in maintaining medical devices represents one of their many responsibilities, while SPD is responsible for processing accessories for many surgical medical devices. It would be a "win-win" solution if HTM/biomed departmentsincluded surgical accessories to their maintenance management system and performed prepurchase evaluations of equipment, incoming inspections, and performance.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Jahan Azizi, Healthmark Industries Co., Inc.
  • Seth Hendee, Healthmark Industries Co., Inc.


Session: 3

The Dynamic Duo: Central Sterile Processing and Infection Control

Monday, August 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Interpreting manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFUs) for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing medical equipment can be a challenge. However, collaboration between central sterile processing and infection control can help conquer these obstacles, resulting in increased patient safety. In this session, presenters from Johns Hopkins Hospital will share lessons learned from their team-based approach to overcoming IFU-related issues.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Frances Nicholson, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Elaine Nowakowski, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Brenda Nack, The Johns Hopkins Health System


Session: 4

Why Using Proper Cleaning Agents and Procedures on Medical Equipment Is Critical

Monday, August 24, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Medical devices exposed to unapproved cleaning agents or methods can result in premature deterioration or failure of device parts, potentially leading to adverse effects due to cleaning residue or other performance and safety issues. ECRI Institute and Huntington Hospital will discuss case studies and recommendations on mitigating premature medical device deterioration, including having a process in place to determine which cleaning products and procedures are manufacturer approved, managing current and future inventory, and effectively communicating with the frontline staff.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Izabella Gieras, Huntington Hospital
  • Joseph Corso, Huntington Hospital
  • Priyanka Shah, ECRI Institute
  • Katie Jones, Huntington Hospital


Session: 5

Sterilization Failures: How They Fit Into Your Quality Management Program

Monday, August 31, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The session will explore how a quality management system (QMS) can help sterile processing departments act proactively instead of reactively when dealing with potential sterilization failures. The presenters will describe how a QMS can improve process flow, identify potential risks, and target possible preventive actions. It also will provide a template for corrective actions based on the most common types of sterilization failures.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Michele McKinley, STERIS Corporation