February 16, 2022

Vital role of the central sterile department in ASCs

By: Erica Smith, MBA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on any given day. To help mitigate HAIs, implementing infection control procedures and policies, frequently performing hand hygiene by all staff and patients, and keeping the healthcare environment and equipment clean are key. One clinical space that continues to help ensure that infection prevention methods for both patients and staff are met is Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). ASCs implement a variety of strict infection prevention protocols at their facilities and often establish a central sterile department or location.

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