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Cold Star Project

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The Cold Star Project digs into the challenges of scaling fast that tech and Space manufacturing founders encounter. Money does not solve all problems--so what now? Listen in to discover what scaling problems you'll be running into soon, and get a serious advantage in starting to solve them before t… read more


Steve Yanovsky - Culture and Compliance In Hospital Sterile Processing Departments

My guest on the Cold Star Project this time is the Director of Education and a partner at the Boston Career Institute, where they train sterile processing techs.  

I have been interested in the sterile processing field for some time as it exists at the intersection of the opportunities I enjoy most:  

  • compliance culture 
  • time-based critical mission
  • (and hopefully) desire to be the best.  

That last is not always in evidence out there.  

Steve Yanovsky's insight to this world was fascinating to me. I have spoken with Steve before but we had not gotten to this level of detail. This conversation immediately got me started on looking for evidence of such culture mismatches elsewhere...and I suspect they are just about everywhere.  

I have certainly seen this kind of issue in the world of sales training: the VPs of Business Development have zero idea what the "boots on the ground" problems their front line salespeople are experiencing...they only care about their numbers.  

Especially if you are in the healthcare field this will be an eye-opener. I'd recommend it as alarming listening for anyone interested in the world and human affairs, though.  

You'll hear about how:  

  • Sterile Processing Departments (SPDs) could lose 70% of their workforce because they can't get their staff certified
  • the Sterile Processing Tech (SPT) field is much bigger than equipment / setup / sterilization 
  • much discretion left to the tech, supervisor, etc. on carrying out of tasks 
  • SPTs can "get ahead" in hospital work environments 
  • the missing culture connection of the SPD directly to patient care in the operating room is causing training and delivery problems.  

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