Best Practice and Quality Improvement Discussion

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Elbridge Merritt, MSN, RN, CNOR, CHL, CRCST, CIS, Clinical Nurse, Officer in Charge of the Operating Room, San Antonio Military Medical Center

This presentation will address contemporary, problematic areas within sterilization processes that can affect the overall quality of processed instrumentation and thus the quality of patient care. The presenter will also review challenges and ways to overcome and improve the quality of instrument processing with the goal of mitigating defects and improving patient care. He will also discuss ways to document, investigate, inform and improve various sterilization processes.