Stories From
The Field


Stories From
The Field


November 7, 2020

5 Fun Facts About Sterile Processing

Sterile Processing Departments are often called the “Heart of the Hospital.” SPD is the area in a hospital or surgery center where cleaning and sterilization[..]
November 7, 2020

Building a Case for the CS/SPD Educator

Education in all stages of life is invaluable. Continuous education in our work lives is critical.With our rapidly changing world, the ability to continually educate ourselves is necessary to maintain the edge in our chosen fields.
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

I cannot think of any two departments in healthcare that depend on each other and require teamwork more than the Operating Room and Sterile Processing Departments. So why is it so common to see an “us versus them” mentality?
May 20, 2020

Improving the Sterile Processing Department

Not that long ago, Healthcare organizations were reluctant to “invest” in their Sterile Processing Departments. Critical infrastructure and human capital needs were tabled while funding was being utilized [..]
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

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 […]
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 SPD and OR Techs: Moab Healthcare

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