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Sterile Processing Week

Sterile Processing Week (formerly named ‘International Central Service Week’) recognizes the committed specialists that fill Sterile Processing departments and make a difference in patient care. Held annually, Sterile Processing Week starts with the second Sunday in October. IAHCSMM celebrates these dedicated professionals for all their outstanding achievements – not just this week, but year-round! It is our hope that International Sterile Processing Week brings the appreciation and respect so greatly deserved. IAHCSMM recognizes you as an essential contributor to patient safety and quality service.

October 10-16, 2021

Count down to Sterile Processing Week - YOU Are Instrumental!

About Sterile Processing Week

IAHCSMM would like to take a moment to thank every Sterile Processing professional for the heart and soul you put into your work each day.

With your tireless dedication, your healthcare customers can count on clean and sterile instruments that are used on patients. With your ongoing due diligence and dependable equipment and process monitoring, surgeries can be performed without delay. With your unwavering adherence to industry standards, best practices, and policies and procedures, patient safety is never sacrificed. All of this is because of you.

Ways to Celebrate


What a special time for you to celebrate the importance of your team. Show your support for your profession, staff, colleagues and friends with gifts to make this year's celebration the best!

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Looking for ideas to show your staff and coworkers the impact they've had? View some sample celebration templates created by IAHCSMM, including posters, cards and appreciation certificates.

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Supplier Support

Vendors are some of Sterile Processing professionals’ strongest allies. Find out how some of your favorite suppliers are honoring you and the profession for Sterile Processing Week 2020.

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Tips to Promote Sterile Processing Awareness

Show Your Commitment to Patient Safety
Help raise awareness of the importance of adhering to standards and recommended practices to ensure safe patient care. Tell your Facebook friends or Twitter followers how proud you are to be a Sterile Processing professional. Use pre-written newsletter articles and press releases to share information about Sterile Processing within your facility and community. Offer departmental tours or an "open house" to hospital employees not commonly familiar with Sterile Processing. Sharing your stories of why Sterile Processing is important is one of the most powerful tools you have.
Engage the Community
Create community awareness of Sterile Processing professionals’ vital role in patient safety and quality care. New resources and tips are available when visiting local schools to help connect with high school students and create understanding of and interest in the Sterile Processing discipline. IAHCSMM chapters can host outreach programs and events in their communities and invite an elected official to attend.
Advocate for Support
Send a letter to your elected official(s) to educate them about the Sterile Processing profession. One of the most effective methods for influencing public policy is direct communication between constituents and elected officials. Several states have proclamations ready for print and display within your department or hospital. If your state has a proclamation, you can use it to send a letter to your local paper or news station. Perhaps a story will be done to garner public awareness. If your state does not have a proclamation, there's no better time than today to contact your elected official and request one.

Proclamations from governors are a great way to get support for the Sterile Processing profession during Sterile Processing Week.
Celebrate Your Team
Give Sterile Processing professionals heightened visibility with a memento - or honor a colleague by making a donation to the IAHCSMM Foundation in their name. Sterile Processing Week is also a time to reflect on professional development. Contact a local vendor to offer an intensive workshop with your staff to promote education. Create a poster for your department depicting a success story that occurred in the past year, or a bulletin board with staff pictures and employment history. Offer a scholarship for staff to become certified or distribute certificates to employees that helped achieve departmental goals. Send a personal note or card to each member of your team, thanking them for their contributions toward better patient safety and care.

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 37,000 members and certificants rely on IAHCSMM to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.