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