• CSAI Spring Seminar
    April 8, 2019
    7:15 am - 3:45 pm

Spring 2019 Educational Seminar

Speaker: Catherine Rocco

Title: ANSI/AAMI ST91: 2015 Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities What does it mean to YOU?


  • Understand ST91 as it relates to Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing
  • Determine best practices for your facility utilizing national standards and recommended practices
  • List the differences between AAMI ST91 and other national standards and guidelines

Catherine Rocco, MSN, RN, CNOR, CER
Senior Clinical Education Consultant
Advanced Sterilization Products Services, INC.
a Johnson & Johnson company

Catherine RoccoCathy Rocco is a Master’s prepared registered nurse currently working for Advanced Sterilization Products. Previously she worked for Ofstead & Associates as a Senior Research Associate from 2013 to 2015. She has nearly 40 years of professional experience in a variety of positions, including Senior Clinical Education Consultant, Perioperative Nursing Service Chief, Operating Room Supervisor, Clinical Manager, Infection Control Nurse, Operating Room Educator, and Clinical Staff Nurse. Ms. Rocco served 25 years in the Army Nurse Corps, and retired from active duty in 2001 at the rank of Colonel. She is well versed in standards governing the operating room, sterile processing and endoscopy.

For 10 years, Ms. Rocco served as a Senior Clinical Consultant at Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), where she provided educational and consultative support in endoscope and instrument reprocessing. She supported best-practice methods within her customers’ endoscopy, operating room and sterile processing areas. In addition, she was responsible for training newly-assigned account executives and clinical personnel. Ms. Rocco has written about endoscope reprocessing, infection prevention and sterile processing topics and presented at several national SGNA, APIC and AORN conferences.

Prior to her role with ASP, she served as an OR Director and Sterile Processing Manager at two major medical centers and three large community hospitals within the Army. Ms. Rocco holds a Master’s degree in nursing administration from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and received her B.A. in nursing from Saint Scholastica College in Duluth, Minnesota. She has been a certified operating room nurse (CNOR) since 1990. She is also a co-author of the IAHCSMM manual on endoscope reprocessing and is a certified endoscope reprocessor (CER) since January. She is a member of AORN, SGNA, IAHCSMM and APIC, and currently sits on the AAMI workgroup for ST 91.

Mobile: 612-719-0123
e-mail: [email protected]

Speaker: Mary Ellen Fortenberry

Peel Pouching 101


  • Review the “10 truths” about peel pouching
  • Talk about the various types of peel pouches


  • Self seal
  • Heat Seal
  • Plastic
  • Tyvek

• Learn new ways to test your sealing equipment and your seals of your pouches
• Review the Guidelines and Standards that pertain to peel pouching

Upon completing this education program, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe a brief history of surgical instruments
  • Implement proper inspection of instruments and how to identify instruments in need of repair
  • Understand the need for proper equipment for instrument inspection
  • Understand the importance of OR / CSPD in patient safety

From Hippocrates to your Hospital: The importance of surgical instrument reprocessing and inspection.

This program deals with understanding the why, the who, the what and when we do visual inspection on medical devices and its impact on the patient if a medical device is not visually clean. This is a 1.0-hour power point programs that is interactive with questions and answers with the attendees. It will include a half hour of hands on demonstration with the attendees during the presentation.


  • Define visually clean
  • Define enhanced visual inspection
  • Review the latest information from various organizations on enhanced visual inspection
  • Define best practices for enhanced visual inspection of medical devices

Attendees will have actual hands experience on looking at various devices using enhanced visual inspection techniques and products.

Mary Ellen Fortenberry
Central Region Manager
Healthmark Industries

Mary Elle FortenberryA 30-year veteran of the medical industry, Mary Ellen currently focuses her expertise on management integration for medical companies. As Central Region Manager Healthmark, Mary Ellen manages the Central Region of the United States. Mary Ellen also is co-founder of Everest Solutions an auditing tool for Sterile Processing on recommend practice compliance. Before joining Healthmark Mary Ellen worked at Cardinal Health, CareFusion and PREZIO Health™, where she was responsible for optimizing customer and company resources to best serve patients. Her expertise in system optimization has resulted in numerous publications and leadership roles with professional affiliations, such as the Michigan Society of Central Processing Professionals. In addition, she served as director of surgical services for Hurley Medical Center, where she managed and led eight departments. Her accomplishments at Hurley included developing five laparoscopic suites in the Operating Room and employing an Operating Room Information System, both of which led to increased customer satisfaction and market share. Mary Ellen is the past-president of the Michigan Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (MSHCSP) and a current member of International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Mary Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organization Administration from Central Michigan University.

Speaker Patricia Simon, Olympus University

Endoscope Reprocessing: Policies and Procedures

Course Overview

The same design materials that make endoscopes versatile and effective in diagnosing and treating disease require careful and meticulous attention to reprocessing instructions. This course is designed to review the multi society guidelines and industry reprocessing standards.

Learning Objective

  • Discuss reprocessing standards and resources
  • Identify common reprocessing errors
  • Review important evidence based practices to clean, disinfect, sterilize, store and transport endoscopes

Repair reduction: Challenges and Strategies course

Course Overview

Failure to pay meticulous attention to reprocessing instructions can result in costly repairs. This course is designed to identify common repair causes and review strategies to avoid endoscope damage and reduce repair costs.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the relationship of endoscope handling and most common repairs that occur
  • Identify strategies to avoid endoscope damage and reduce repair costs in your facility
  • Review proper storage


Patricia Simon, CFER
Endoscopy Support Specialist
Olympus America, Inc

Patty Simon

My name is Patty Simon and I am an Endoscopy Support Specialist-Trainer with Olympus. I have been with Olympus for 12 years now and my territory is Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.

As part of the ESS role, we provide education to our customers on the proper reprocessing of scopes using the validated reprocessing manuals as well as educating customers on the proper care and handling of endoscopes.

Prior to coming to Olympus, I worked as a GI Technician for 10 years. As part of my role, I assisted with the training of staff as well as managing the flow of 12 room Endoscopy Unit.  This also included working in the reprocessing room!!


Venue Phone: 319-351-5049

Venue Website:

1220 First Avenue, Coralville, Iowa, 52241, United States



Guests may call 319-351-5049 and ask for a room in the Central Services Association of Iowa (CSAI) block or by using the link below.

The special $96 group rate has been extended for rooms with 1 king or 2 queen beds.