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Surgical department directors and sterile processing department (SPD) managers have new options for using hydrogen peroxide gas (HPG) sterilizers, thanks to recent advances in HPG technology and greater availability of these newer systems for hospital use.
Accreditation has a definite financial impact on a healthcare organization’s budget based on reimbursements.
Instrument containers serve a critical function in the surgical department. Staff must take the time needed to properly care for them.
Patient safety issues have led to the development of numerous tools to help technicians determine whether or not a medical device is verifiably clean and ready for high-level disinfection or sterilization.
Preventing infections requires an all-hands-on-deck approach to breaking the chain of events that can lead to them. In addition to the infection prevention policies, procedures and practices operating throughout a healthcare facility, the work of the sterile processing department is a critical infection prevention function.
Sterilization of instruments is critical to infection prevention and patient safety.
Central service professionals (CSPs) play a critical role in the sterile processing department (SPD) by helping to ensure surgical instruments are properly cleaned and sterilized before use in patient cases.
Despite the critical importance of brushes as an infection prevention tool, little published guidance has been directed towards them. It’s important to know how to assess their associated risks and to develop risk-reducing procedures for proper use and maintenance.