Damien has 27 years of experience serving in various healthcare environments as an emergency medical technician, combat medic, surgical technician and sterile processing technician/manager. He
Damien S. Berg, BA, BS, CRCST
Regional Manager, Sterile Processing, UCHealth (Colorado)
Damien has 27 years of experience serving in various healthcare environments as an emergency medical technician, combat medic, surgical technician and sterile processing technician/manager. He provides ISO-related sterile processing expertise to organizations across the U.S. and is an international speaker. Damien has written several articles related to sterile processing team leadership.
- Immediate past President of IAHCSMM
- Chair of IAHCSMM Legislative Affairs Committee
- Member of AAMI Standards Groups on ST:79 (Steam Sterilization Practices), ST:91 (Flexible and Semi-Rigid Endoscope Processing) and ST:58 (Chemical Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection)
- Co-Chair of AAMI TIR 12 (Instructions for Reprocessing)
- Past Co-Chair of AAMI Standards Groups on ST:77 (Rigid Containers) and ST:86 (Quality Systems)
Review IAHCSMM’s roll in sterilization activity and learn how their membership and certification functions are evolving. Explore AAMI’s mission, their Standards development process and the current critical Standards reviews underway.
The Threshold Between Success and Failure for an SPD Department
Learn how one central services operation identified areas for improvement and then implemented changes to meet regulatory and accreditation requirements. Understand the approaches to navigating challenges (including conflicting IFUs and standards) that can help maintain a successful central services operation.
Quality Management Systems (QMS) for SPDs
Learn about the origin and fundamentals of the six-step QMS methodology and how to apply and implement them in a Sterile Processing Department.
Applying LEAN Principles in Sterile Processing
Learn about the LEAN approach to developing efficient processes and reducing waste and how to apply these principles to improve SPD workflow and functionality.
Attitude is Everything
Explore how changes in attitude and perspective can improve a Sterile Processing Department in any environment, including the speaker’s experience as a U.S. Army Medic in Iraq. Review how different communication styles in varying situations can make that happen.