Central Sterile Services Departments (CSSD) are the heart of any healthcare facility. Often unseen, these teams work diligently, sometimes around the clock, following intricate processes incorporating old fashioned elbow grease and modern microbiology to help prevent microbial transmission via medical instruments.
Sharing Central Sterile Processing Best Practices
Each year since 2012, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) and 3M have partnered to recruit six sterile processing leaders for a unique opportunity to share best practices around the world. This educational exchange program pairs three CSSDs from the United States with a sister CSSD in one of three regions: Asia Pacific, Latin America, or Central Eastern Europe and Middle East regions.
The International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program is designed to unite professionals from different areas of the world to encourage learning, improve practices, and enhance patient safety. Selected ambassadors take part in monthly teleconferences to discuss a variety of critical issues, solutions, regional guidelines, and more. Participants also have the opportunity to visit with and, in return, host their paired ambassador for a week. The exchange trips include facility tours, networking opportunities, and opportunities to learn new sterile processing practices.
A typical tour agenda includes:
- Operating Room (OR) observation
- Decontamination area
- Inspection and assembly area
- Sterilization area
- Distribution area
Sharing Your Experience
At the conclusion of the 9-month program, ambassadors present and share their experiences at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to be recognized as an industry leader and encourage collaboration among other sterile processing leaders. 3M global manager of scientific affairs and education, Dr. Cem Yurttas says,
“The potential impact from the IAHCSMM CSSD Educational Exchange program is immense. It is an exciting opportunity that has already benefited eighteen hospitals and sterile processing managers since it was launched.”
The most recent ambassadors’ presentation was at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this past May. If you are a Sterile Processing Manager, read on to learn more about the program get started with your application.
Apply for the CSSD Educational Exchange Program
For the 2015 – 2016 program, a new class of six ambassadors will be selected. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 midnight, Central Standard Time, on September 12, 2015. For more details, download the program FAQs.
2012 – 2013
- Cindy Turney Smith of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID and Myrna Tanedo Tuya of Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Debra Joye (DJ) Branch of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, TX and Nancy Diaz of Hospital Universitario Mayor in Bogota, Colombia
- Lori Ferrer of Fairview Health System, Minneapolis, MN and Li Hualin of Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan
2013 – 2014
- Andre Cox of Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim, CA and Gretta Abu-Rjeily of American University of Beirut Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon
- Gail Doyle of Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD and Han Tiew Peng of Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore
- Jan Prudent of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls, ID and Giovana Moriya of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil
2014 – 2015
- Tonya Miller from Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System, Greenville, SC with HaiYi Yeng from GuangDong General Hospital, GuangZhou, China
- Linda Condon from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD with Liliana Lervasi from Hospital Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Roschell Lloyd from Mercy Iowa City Hospital, Iowa City, IA with Petr Demidov from City Hospital 4, Moscow, Russia