CS Week 2019

International CS Week: October 13-19, 2019

Count down to International Central Service Week - YOU Are Instrumental!
 

IAHCSMM would like to take a moment to thank every Central Service and 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.

International Central Service Week recognizes the committed specialists that fill Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) departments and make a difference in patient care. Held annually, CS 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 Central Service Week brings the appreciation and respect so greatly deserved. IAHCSMM recognizes you as central to healthcare and essential for quality service.

IAHCSMM Swag!

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!

Share Your Inspiration

Do you have a story to tell? Share your insights, photos, and inspiration with IAHCSMM. Your content could be shared on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as in the PROCESS magazine!

CS Week Sample Documents

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

Tips to Promote CS 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 CS Professional. Use pre-written newsletter articles and press releases to share information about CS within your facility and community. Offer departmental tours or an "open house" to hospital employees not commonly familiar with Central Service. Sharing your stories of why Central Service and Sterile Processing is important is one of the most powerful tools you have.
  • Advocate for Support
    Send a letter to your elected official(s) to educate them about the CS 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.

    Click here to view Proclamations from previous years.
  • Engage the Community
    Create community awareness of the CS role in patient safety. New resources and tips are available when visiting local schools, to help connect with high school students and create understanding of and interest in Central Service. IAHCSMM chapters can host outreach programs and events in their communities, and invite an elected official to attend.
  • Celebrate Your Team
    Give Central Service heightened visibility with a memento or honor a colleague by making a donation to the Education Fund in their name. CS 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.

Upcoming Central Service Weeks:

2020
October 11 - 17
2021
October 10 - 16
2022
October 9 - 15

International Association of
Healthcare Central Service Materiel 
Management (IAHCSMM)

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