Sterile processing in the healthcare setting involves the proper and thorough cleaning, decontamination, disinfection and sterilization of surgical instrumentation and medical devices to remove bioburden that can cause healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).
Slide Show: Instrument Cleaning and Care
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and expert Cynthia Spry, MSN, RN, CNOR (E), CBSPDT -- lead author of AORN’s 2014 updated Recommended Practices (RP) for Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments -- share best practices for safer instrument ...More
Where are My Instruments and Sterile Supplies?
As sterile processing department (SPD) professionals, the questions often heard asked by surgeons, nurses and scrub techs are: “Where are my instruments?” or “Where are my supplies?” These two questions are usually asked when patients are already in ...More
Sterile Processing Issues: Industry Experts Address Persistent Problems
Infection Control Today invited experts from industry to share their thoughts and advice addressing a number of pertinent issues that face sterile processing professionals. Loaner Instrumentation Bob Marrs, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, director of consulting services and field ...More
CS Educators are a Necessity, Not a Luxury
Every central service (CS) department should have a designated educator. In fact, I believe that the need for a well-trained educator in this department is as great – if not greater -- than for any other department in the hospital. ...More
Infection Prevention & Sterile Processing Collaboration: Common Goals Drive Policies
Their locations in the hospital may be disparate, but the infection prevention and sterile processing departments share a common goal -- pro-tecting the welfare and safety of patients. To achieve the level of communication and collaboration necessary to uphold this ...More
AAMI Webinar Explores Signs and Symbols for Sterile Processing
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will host the webinar, "What's That Sign? Signs and Symbols for Sterile Processing," to be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. All the multiple signs and symbols on medical device ...More
CBSPD Reorganizes for the Future, Welcomes New Executive Director
At the annual meeting of the board of directors of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) changes in the administration of the organization were unanimously approved by the board. Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPM, founder, has retired from the ...More
Slide Show: 2013 Sterile Processing State of the Industry Survey
Infection Control Today presents results from its annual State of the Industry survey of sterile processing professionals, part of a series of surveys designed to explore current issues among members of the larger infection prevention community. These results originally ...More
In October 2011, more than 275 participants convened at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., for a multidisciplinary Medical Device Reprocessing Summit sponsored by the FDA in collaboration with the Association for the Advancement of ...More
Vendors Share Sterile Processing-Related 'Horror Stories'
Infection Control Today invited companies to submit examples of egregious practices witnessed in sterile processing departments in healthcare facilities across the U.S., to highlight techniques needing improvement. Bob Marrs, BA, CRCST, CHL, director of consulting ...More