The Patient Safety and Decontamination Relationship

Where does the decontamination process begin in sterile processing?  First, we have to understand what decontamination is and how important decontamination is to the patient, to the operating room, the clinics, and physicians using the instruments and to sterile processing. The IAHCSMM definition of decontamination is “to make safe by removing or reducing contamination by… Read More »

Who Packed Your Parachute?

During my tenure as a surgical technician, I never gave a second thought to where my surgical instruments came from. The instruments were always sterilized and placed on the correct case carts ready for when I needed them. One day, I came across an article that read “Who packed your parachute?”.  The article was about… Read More »

The Employee Appreciation and Retention Relationship

International Sterile Processing Professionals Appreciation

This week begins the International Sterile Processing Professionals Appreciation Week. Take time this week to personally appreciate each of your professionals in Sterile Processing. Here are a few insights into the appreciation and retention relationship: A recent workplace study conducted by Clear Review found the number one workplace frustration to be a lack of appreciation… Read More »

Impact of Sterile Processing in Hospitals

Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing has a direct and significant effect on surgeon satisfaction, risk, patient safety, revenue, and cost. Disruptions in sterile processing or improper sterilization can have serious consequences for surgeons, patients, and hospitals’ bottom-lines. Most sterile processing errors cause significant backlog and delays in surgery. A typical surgical case delay lasts an average of nearly… Read More »

3 Ways to Increase Retention in Your Sterile Processing Department

High turnover rates of SPD directors and managers, educators, supervisors and technicians can have a significant effect on the OR and elsewhere in a healthcare institution. Total hospital turnover rates across the nation are 19.1 percent, according to the 2019 National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Report. The report also notes that, since 2014,… Read More »

3 Key Steps to Help You Become More Marketable & Advance Your Career as a Sterile Processing Technician

Here are three things you can do to advance your career and be more marketable in sterile processing from those guys that do nothing but hire SPD and OR Techs: Moab Healthcare   Attend conferences (Local and National) Networking and Learning. Attending the national and local chapter conferences and meetings of IAHCSMM (International Association of… Read More »

Five Key Soft Skills Sterilization Techs Should Have

Are you having trouble hiring and retaining Sterile Processing Technicians? Or, are you considering a career as a sterile processing technician? If so, you might be wondering about skills and qualities that would help find and place better candidates, or help you succeed in this field.   Cautious Sterile processing techs are the first line… Read More »

What makes a great Sterile Processing Technician? 3 MUST HAVE PERSONALITY TRAITS

Sterile techs play a critical role in surgical outcomes. They sterilize surgical instrumentation and medical devices, and prepare the supplies needed for each surgery. Without them, surgery would shut down. Clearly, it’s important for sterile techs to be good at what they do. Let’s consider a few key personality traits that sterile techs should possess.… Read More »

Top 3 Risks of Hiring Improperly Trained & Vetted Sterile Processing Technicians

Sterile Processing Department Staffing is a challenge for most facilities.  The work is hard, and the pay is poor. The turnover and vacancy rates are high.  As a result, hiring managers often compromise standards because they simply need to rapidly increase productivity.   Before you fill your next opening in SPD and OR with a “warm… Read More »

Sterilization is Not “Glorified Dishwashing”

It’s easy to underestimate the importance of the role of sterilization technicians behind the scenes in the operating room. But the many years of education and experience of a surgeon can be undone if the instruments they use have not been properly sterilized. When a surgeon picks up an instrument to perform an operation, they… Read More »