Materials Management

Hospital gift shops: Q&a with an industry expert

Many distinguishing factors set apart hospital gift shops from other retailers. They operate with largely volunteer staffs in sensitive environments, merchandising to a captive customer base. If managed properly, these stores can both contribute to a hospital’s healing culture and be significant sources of revenue for their organizations. To learn more, The Academy recently spoke […]

Reprocessing endoscopes: what is the true cost?

After investigations found hundreds of patients may have been exposed to antibiotic-resistant superbugs in procedures using a complex endoscope, several national standard-setting organizations updated their device reprocessing guidelines. The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation all issued new recommendations in areas including personal protective equipment (PPE), manual cleaning, visual […]