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Standards, Guidelines or Recommendations: Do We Really Need to Follow Them?

There are many published standards guidelines and recommendations related to reprocessing reusable medical devices. As evidence becomes available, these publications are often updated to reflect most current best practices. So, does that mean we must follow them? Let’s start by discussing what the Association for the Advancement of medical instrumentation (AAMI), the Association of periOperative […]

Accreditation Survey Site Visits for SPD: Are you Compliant?

The Joint Commission (TJC) or The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey site visits focuses on safety and quality of patient care throughout the healthcare facility.  Surveyors will more than likely want to review areas that process devices via high-level disinfection (HLD) or sterilization. Surveyors will want to see that facilities are conduction risk […]

Managing SPD Requires Critical Thinking Skills

Sterile Processing Department (SPD) managers have multiple responsibilities with big impacts on their department, the facility and even more important the patients. Therefore, SPD leaders must have critical thinking skills founded on published evidence based guidelines, education and experience. Critical thinking is disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.  It also […]

Policy and Procedure Changes Depend on Collaboration

Sterile processing (SP) continues to gain momentum and importance within the healthcare environment as more and more as the media puts it in the spotlight.  As SP professionals it is your responsibility to ensure your patients receive the safest possible care.  Working toward continuous quality improvement (CQI) means knowing and following the most current evidence […]

Sound the Alarm! CDC and FDA Alert on Reprocessing in Healthcare Facilities

    On September 11, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) distributed a Health Alert to all healthcare faculties that reprocess reusable medical devices. This includes hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices that utilize reusable medical devices. The alert is a response […]

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