On Las Vegas shooting

Some food for thought, in the aftermath of the tragedy in Las Vegas:

1. The shooter was neither an immigrant, nor a Muslim, nor a “radical Islamic terrorist.”

2. According to the prevailing opinion of those currently in control of our governance in Washington, D.C., the shooter’s access to his arsenal of weapons was a right, but access to the healthcare provided to his victims was a privilege.

3. Simply invoking thoughts and prayers for victims apparently isn’t effective at preventing similar acts of “pure evil” in the future.

David Maxson

Lake Ann

Behind the scenes

Central service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, Oct. 8-14. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has served more than 27,000 central service professionals in the U.S. and abroad by providing educational and professional development opportunities for these professionals.

Central service professionals are integral members of the health care team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a central service professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated central service professionals by celebrating International Central Service Week Oct. 8-14.

John Lewis

Traverse City

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