Applications Being Accepted for 2013-2014 International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program

On the heels of a successful inaugural year, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and 3M announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program.

The program is designed to facilitate the learning and sharing of best practices between Central Sterile Supply Departments (CSSD) in different regions of the world. The program will pair three CSSD managers from the United States with three CSSD managers at sister facilities in either the Asia Pacific, Latin America or Central Eastern Europe/Middle East/Africa regions.

The six selected ambassadors will:

- Participate in monthly teleconferences to discuss critical issues and solutions, as well as regional best practices

- Travel to their sister hospital facility, to engage in a week-long shadowing experience

- Share what they learn within their regional and national networks

Education is a critical component to improving best practices in the Infection Prevention profession. By collaborating with, and learning from, global colleagues, it is believed this program can help everyone improve practices and, ultimately, enhance patient safety.

To be considered as a participant in this program, review the FAQs, and fill out an application form. More information is available at the International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program web page.

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