Sterile Processing: Valuable Online Resources and Networking

Did You Know…

How many times have you had a sterilization question that you could not find the answer? Have you ever wondered where to find a specific standard or recommendation for decontamination or packaging? Do you have a great storage idea that you would like to share with your colleagues? Are you looking for a sample policy and procedure or a process flow map for instrument reprocessing? Have you had issues with manufactured products or found certain products lacked written instructions?

Did you know there is a plethora of resources available online to help with these types of questions and more? Below is a list of useful links and social networking sites available for collaboration with colleagues, information gathering, and medical device reporting.

Keep this list handy. You never know when a question will come up that you need to ask your colleagues, or you have an issue with a product that should be reported to the FDA.

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

AAMI Blog

  • The blog offers you a great opportunity to have a conversation with the AAMI community, continue to explore important and rapidly changing areas, and advance safety in medical technology.
  • Priority Issues from the AAMI/FDA 2011 Medical Device Reprocessing Summit
  • Review clarion themes, challenges, and priority actions and describe 10 things your organization can do now to improve reprocessing.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) OR Nurse Link: A PeriOperative Community 

Start a discussion or join a conversation on timely news and practice issues through the AORN news discussion group. Join The Joint Commission group to share survey tips and information. Join some of the AORN Specialty Assembly groups such as:    

  • Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management AORN Specialty Assembly (SP/SCM SA)- Terrific forum for  Sterile Processing and OR Professionals
  • Neuro, Ortho Trauma AORN Specialty Assembly (N+O+T SA)- Numerous resources for the instrument and resource intensive specialty of Neuro, Ortho, and Trauma procedures
  • Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly

ASC Quality Collaboration

  • Sterilization and High Level Disinfection Toolkit

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD)

  • CS/SP certification information
  • CS/SP education and links to CEU’s other relevant websites

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)

MedWatch- FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

  • Use this site to report unsafe products or issues with manufacturing companies.

Sterilization & Disinfection Website

  • By Dr. William Rutala, co-author of CDC HICPAC guidelines on disinfection and sterilization in healthcare facilities.

Facebook

LinkedIn

Rose Seavey MBA, BS, RN, CNOR, CRCST, CSPDT

Tags: , , , ,

--