Stories From
The Field


Stories From
The Field


September 17, 2020

SPD Challenges: Unprocessed Trays at 0700. The Dirty Truth

If you have managed SPD, you know the drill: Monday morning, dirty trays are at a minimum and things are generally “caught up”. Each day thereafter, the quantity of dirty
August 21, 2020

4 Strategies to Improve OR-Sterile Processing Department Teamwork & Culture

4 Strategies to Improve OR-Sterile Processing Department Teamwork & Culture I cannot think of any two departments in healthcare that depend on each other and require […]
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 Become More Marketable in Sterile Processing

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

5 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

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