Stories From
The Field


Stories From
The Field


May 20, 2020

Improving the Sterile Processing Department

Not that long ago, Healthcare organizations were reluctant to “invest” in their Sterile Processing Departments.
May 12, 2020

Elective Surgery Will Resume: Is Your SPD Ready?

As Perioperative Healthcare Leaders, we can all agree that these are unprecedented times. Staffing and supply resources have rightfully been diverted to care of COVID 19 patients.
December 5, 2019

The Patient Safety & 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 …
November 8, 2019

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 …
October 15, 2019

The Employee Appreciation & Retention Relationship

This week begins the International Sterile Processing Professionals Appreciation Week. Take time this week to personally appreciate each of your professionals in Sterile Processing.
September 16, 2019

Impact of Sterile Processing in Hospitals

Sterile processing has a direct and significant effect on surgeon satisfaction, risk, patient safety, revenue, and cost. Disruptions in sterile processing or improper sterilization …
August 7, 2019

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. […]
February 28, 2019

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 […]
February 21, 2019

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 […]
February 14, 2019

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, […]
February 7, 2019

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.  […]
January 23, 2019

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 […]

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