The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has long been an outspoken advocate of state certification of central service (CS) professionals. Certification and continuing education credits keep technicians up-to-date on standards-based instrument processing practices, so these professionals can be skilled, competent and confident in their ability to keep patient safety and quality at the forefront.
Two major healthcare organizations are joining forces to provide comprehensive benchmarking data to sterile processing departments at healthcare facilities around the world.
Betty Hanna, who has served in the executive director role for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) for 48 years, will retire on Dec. 31, 2012.
I have been around long enough to see many changes in the way items are processed for reuse in healthcare. Years ago, cleaning, packaging and sterilization took place in many different locations throughout a healthcare facility. Most of the time, these functions took place in the user departments, and the thought of centralizing these functions was not always met with enthusiasm. It was difficult for the end-user to envision someone else processing items that were essential to their delivery of quality patient care.