International Central Sterile Supply Department Week - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


International Central Sterile Supply Department Week

PVAMC Sterile Processing Service (SPS) professionals

from left to right: Karen Ryan, CRCST; Sue Rivet, RN, CSPDM; Sarah Burns, CRCST; Cheryl Rinaldi, CRCST; Mike Pelrine; Elena Perez, CRCST.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sterile Processing Service (SPS) professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety.  The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) represents approximately 18,000 professionals in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management, and processing of surgical supplies and equipment.

The Sterile Processing Service of a healthcare facility is the heart of all activity surrounding instruments, supplies, and equipment required for operating rooms, Endoscopy suites, ICU, and other patient care areas. SPS professionals play a very important role in patient care arenas and are responsible for first-line processes to prevent patient infections.

For example, SPS professionals are responsible for processing surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment. They provide support to patient care services with their responsibilities encompassing cleaning and decontamination, sterilization, assembly, storage, and distribution of surgical instruments needed for patient care.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, an SPS professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated Sterile Processing Service professionals by celebrating International Central Sterile Supply Department Week October 14-20, 2012.


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