Sterile Processing Best Practices: They begin in the operating room
Kimberly Smith, RN, MS, CNOR, CSPDM, Manager, Sterile Processing (interim), Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital
The purpose of this presentation is to describe the interrelated roles of operating room and sterile processing personnel in delivering appropriately cleaned and sterilized instrumentation to patients. The discussion will include current best practices from AORN, AST, IAHCSMM and the newly updated ST79 from AAMI. A portion of the discussion will include the difference between validation and verification related to cleaning, decontamination and sterilization.