By Weston “Hank” Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL
In recent years there has been a lot of buzz related to the various sterilization packaging methods now on the market, from disposable blue wrap, to traditional rigid containers, and the ONE TRAY sterilization system. Along with the buzz, we’ve seen white papers, marketing campaigns, and a fair number of email blasts related to the various options.

However, what many CS/SPD practitioners in the field have not been able to get has been clarity. What are the specific claims being made by the various manufacturers in these product categories? Are there real contamination risks that sterile professionals should be considering? Where can we even go for straight answers?

During this year’s 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ, the Beyond Clean Podcast team will be hosting an RSVP-only event entitled, “Packaging Method Myth-Busting” that will bring representatives from each of these perspectives together for a moderated panel discussion to tackle these very questions.

The event, co-sponsored by ReadySet Surgical, Northfield Medical, Logiquip, and Ascendco Health will be held on Tuesday evening, May 1st from 5:30pm-7pm at the Grand Sheraton, Room #127B, North Building, and will have an RSVP audience of 200 live guests. Expert panel guests include Marcia Frieze, Case Medical; Joe Hannibal, Halyard Health; and Barbara Harmer, Innovative Sterilization Technologies.

Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and previous Beyond Clean alumni-guests who are in attendance will be recognized. If you will be in Phoenix for the annual conference, make plans now to join us at this all-star event, and if not, stay tuned to for information on when the podcast recording will be released.

At last…three experts in a single room discussing their unique points of view on this very important topic. Please make a point to join us.

Until then, keep #FightingDirty!