May 23, 2023

The role of infection prevention when auditing SPD

By: Angela Lewellyn, LPN, CRCST, CER, CHL

Infection preventionists (IPs) play a vital role in healthcare, especially in the sterile processing department (SPD), where preventing infection and cross-contamination is paramount. As infection prevention advocates, SPD personnel are responsible for ensuring that surgical instruments and other medical devices are properly sterilized and free of harmful microorganisms before use. Their roles and ultimate goals are similar and significant. Together, they are responsible for creating and implementing infection control programs tailored to the needs of sterilization practices.

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