Sterile Processing Programs

Over decades of evaluating sterile processing departments (SPDs), implementing recommendations, and providing them with interim management, SHC consultants have identified issues that these departments commonly face, regardless of the facility’s type or size:

  • Ineffective leadership
  • Insufficient staff training and education
  • Lack of technological support
  • Inadequate space, equipment, and inventory

These deficiencies result in daily crisis management of the SPD and have a negative effect on the OR. Case cart errors, dirty instruments, instruments in poor condition, and reliance on flash sterilization lead to OR case delays, longer case times, OR staff overtime, and cancelled cases.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, your SPD would benefit from an SHC Best Practice Sterile Processing Program Assessment. SHC’s SPD consulting engagements focus on identifying and addressing your organization’s specific SPD issues by applying best practice standards to optimize efficiencies and eliminate routine SPD crisis management.

Optimizing Technology for the SPD

Technology for Sterile Processing Departments has come a long way in the last 10 years.  But with all this positive change, we frequently also see a lot of learning curves, adoption challenges, and governance questions.

In this article, SPD Expert Bill Bailey discusses three elements that can impact SPD success and offers questions to ask yourself to determine if your hospital’s instrument tracking system is being properly used. Click on link below to read more:

SPD Technology Article

SHC offers a full range of perioperative, sterile processing, and healthcare IT consulting services. For more information on this or other topics, call us or complete and submit the form found at the Contact Us link in the navigation pane.

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