December 16, 2015

Combine and conquer: OR/CSPD collaboration dramatically reduces IUSS rates

By: OR Manager

Using best practices to sterilize surgical instruments can help lower infection rates and, in some cases, prevent death. Over the past few years, staff at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona, have worked to reduce immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) rates. Thanks to improved communication and workflow between the OR and sterile processing, IUSS rates have dropped to well below 5%, and all signs point to keeping IUSS to a minimum in the future.

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