Anyone who has worked in sterile processing knows that a majority of the work is a manual process. There have been a few attempts to reduce the burden of reprocessing surgical instrumentation robotically. To date, none have been adopted on a large scale in the U.S. However, we can still find many opportunities where manual processes can be reduced if we invest in CSSD. Here are a few ideas:
1. Manual rounds can be supplemented by using equipment tracking software or visualization equipment to indicate when equipment is ready for pickup.
2. Automating instrument tracking software with biological incubators and sterilizers can eliminate manual documentation.
3. Syncing lights and/or audible notifications systems with equipment and elevators can reduce manual (voice) or call box/phone notifications in the department.
4. Syncing surgical tracking information and displaying it in CSSD can provide pertinent information in a glance.
5. Using materials management systems can provide instrument inventory counts within or outside of CSSD.
6. Automating HVAC readings can reduce manual documentation, as well as up to the minute conditions.
We need to continually evaluate our work environment for processes that will enhance our workflow, improve quality, and reduce distractions.
At Evolved Sterile Processing, our consultants have a greater focus on sterile processing. With our decades of experience, we will help you develop better processes and educational resources for your staff.