ECRI Institute Experts Speak on Surgical Instruments at the 2018 OR Manager Conference

Catherine Pusey | Gail Horvath | Robert Maliff | Scott Lucas

September 19, 2018


Failure to adequately to reprocess (clean and disinfect/sterilize) contaminated surgical instruments can lead to the spread of deadly pathogens. While deaths directly attributed to inadequate reprocessing are rare, the highly-publicized cases of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections illustrated the significant harm that can result when contaminated devices are not cleaned effectively during reprocessing.

During the 2018 OR Manager Conference, Catherine Pusey, Gail Horvath, Robert Maliff, and Scott Lucas of ECRI Institute, will lead a session titled Dirty Surgical Instruments: What the Data is Telling Us.

In this session, the speakers will discuss the factors that increase the potential for surgical instruments to be inadequately cleaned. The speakers will describe how complex and cannulated/lumened instruments present an increasing challenge to the cleaning process of surgical instruments.

Agenda & Speakers

Catherine Pusey, MBA, RN

Manager, Safety and Quality Consulting

Catherine Pusey joined ECRI Institute in 2007. She has over 20 year's managerial experience, having served as a Chief Nursing Officer for an acute care facility, Chief Executive Officer for a long term acute care facility, and Director of Quality and Risk. Pusey's expertise includes patient safety, quality, risk, and compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation. Her onsite consulting has spanned acute care facilities and physician practices.

Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST

Senior Patient Safety Analyst IV

Gail Horvath has over 30 years of experience in acute care, quality, risk and patient safety. Before coming to ECRI Institute, she was the perioperative educator for a level one trauma center performing over 13,000 surgical cases annually. Gail has also worked as the clinical director for perioperative services as well as a system manager for perioperative business services in a multi hospital system.

Robert Maliff

Director, Strategic Growth and Business Development

Robert Maliff has been assisting hospitals, healthcare systems, and international organizations with healthcare planning and patient safety issues for more than 25 years. He has worked internationally, with start-up technology companies, and with the U.S. Department of Defense's healthcare system. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Engineering and the Health Information and Management Systems Society.

Scott Lucas, PhD, PE

Director, Accident and Forensic Investigation

Scott Lucas has consulted in catastrophic events in the automotive, aerospace, maritime, and healthcare industries. He responds to critical healthcare incidents to help leadership determine causation and prevent recurrence. Lucas has leadership responsibility for his group and for planning and operations at ECRI Institute. Lucas publishes, lectures, and provides training on medical device accident investigation in domestic and international venues. Lucas has degrees in mechanical, biomedical, and biomechanical engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer.


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