Surgical Suite and Sterile Processing

Each year in the United States, medical professionals perform endless inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and non-surgical medical procedures. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Statistic Report estimates that as many as 50 million people undergo medical procedures in hospitals...

Surgeons are typically the shining, crown jewel of their chosen hospital or surgical center. However, surgeons would have little to no success if not for the support from the sterile processing department (SPD) in their medical facilities. Surgery is scary, and the chances of infection...

Sterile processing departments are an essential part of keeping patients safe in healthcare settings. Technicians are responsible for taking precautions that prevent infections in patients. They sort contaminated instruments, decontaminate,  and sterilize instruments for future use. Some sterile processing departments also disinfect shared patient care...

So you’ve decided to embark on the journey to becoming a sterile processing technician. Before you can hold the responsibility of cleaning patient care equipment or inspecting, decontaminating, sterilizing, and packaging surgical instruments and devices, there are a few steps you need to complete. Sterile processing...

Although not part of Standard Precautions, it seems appropriate to discuss sharps handling after discussing safe injection practices in an earlier blog. While safe injection practices focus on protecting patients from poor healthcare personnel practices, this blog focuses on protecting the healthcare worker. Some Basic Information...

When we think of environmental monitoring, temperature, humidity, and air exchanges in the operating room (OR) and sterile processing department (SPD) usually come to mind. However, there are numerous other areas in both acute and ambulatory care settings that must be monitored. Environmental Monitoring Basics Accrediting and...

The surgical attire guideline was extensively revised by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and has received much attention since publication in 2015.  The most controversial point was the requirement to cover all hair on the head and ears, which was based on a...

Although the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) has published surgical attire guidelines for many years, questions remain about what constitutes appropriate surgical attire in various settings.  The goal of the surgical attire guideline is to reduce microbial contamination throughout the continuum of care in the...

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