It’s time to celebrate Sterile Processing Week

Oct. 11, 2021

Sterile Processing Week, October 10-16, 2021, (formerly named ‘International Central Service Week’) recognizes the committed specialists that fill Sterile Processing departments and make a difference in patient care.

Held annually, Sterile Processing Week starts with the second Sunday in October. IAHCSMM celebrates these dedicated professionals for all their outstanding achievements – not just this week, but year-round It is our hope that International Sterile Processing Week brings the appreciation and respect so greatly deserved. Sterile processing professionals are essential contributors to patient safety and quality service.

SPD professionals supply their healthcare customers with clean and sterile instruments, ongoing due diligence and dependable equipment and process monitoring, surgeries can be performed without delay. They also adhere to industry standards, best practices, and policies and procedures, to ensure patient safety is never sacrificed.

Celebration ideas that honor the SPD profession and dedication:

  • Give Sterile Processing professionals heightened visibility with a memento - or honor a colleague by making a donation to the IAHCSMM Foundation in their name. Sterile Processing Week is also a time to reflect on professional development.
  • Contact a local vendor to offer an intensive workshop with your staff to promote education.
  • Create a poster for your department depicting a success story that occurred in the past year, or a bulletin board with staff pictures and employment history.
  • Offer a scholarship for staff to become certified or distribute certificates to employees that helped achieve departmental goals. Send a personal note or card to each member of your team, thanking them for their contributions toward better patient safety and care.

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