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Promoting Patient Safety & Quality Surgery Outcomes

Membership
As an IAHCSMM member, you are part of a global professional network. You have complete access to a vibrant community of peers and thought leaders in the Sterile Processing profession, practical and compelling educational content to enhance your certification development, and support system dedicated solely to the advancement of your career.
Certification
Certification helps ensure surgical instruments are clean, sterile, and well-functioning, and that Sterile Processing professionals possess the essential skills necessary to manage critical departmental duties safely, effectively, and consistently. Annual renewals of certifications enable SP professionals to stay current of ever-evolving surgical technology, standards, and best practices.
Education
Ongoing commitment to knowledge advancement lies at the very heart of every Sterile Processing professional. Whether you are looking to stay current on industry standards and best practices, brush up on the basics, build a reference library, or sharpen your technical or managerial skills, IAHCSMM offers a broad range of textbooks, webinars, podcasts, and other learning opportunities.
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Instrumental to Patient Care...
Instrumental to You!
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is the premier association representing healthcare Sterile Processing (SP) professionals worldwide. Because SP professionals are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilizing, and distributing medical and surgical instrumentation, they are among the most vital contributors to the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. For more than 60 years, IAHCSMM has been providing these professionals with the broadest range of certification and continuing education offerings available, along with the unsurpassed support that only a full-service membership organization can bring.

This commitment to advancing SP 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.

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December 02

 

New Research Suggests Medical Instrument Processing Personnel May Be Exposed to Tissue, Blood, and Patient Fluids Despite the Use of Personal Protective Equipment

 December 2, 2021

Findings from first

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New Research Suggests Medical Instrument Processing Personnel May Be Exposed to Tissue, Blood, and Patient Fluids Despite the Use of Personal Protective Equipment
November 22

Quality Monitoring for Decontamination

November 23, 2021

The foundation of sterilization is effective cleaning. How can Sterile Processing (SP) professionals ensure that the mechanical cleaning equipment being used is producing

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insights: Quality Monitoring for Decontamination
November 08

Remembering Our Veterans This November 11

November 8, 2021

Veterans Day, November 11, marks the official anniversary of the end of World War I. It honors the heroes of that tragic struggle and can lend itself to a rededication

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insights: IAHCSMM Honors Our Veterans
October 11

IAHCSMM Hires Federal Lobbyist to Secure Hazard Pay for Sterile Processors

October 13, 2021

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has joined forces with the Association of

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insights: IAHCSMM Hires Federal Lobbyist Oct 2021
August 15

IAHCSMM Announces 2021 Award Recipients

August 18, 2021

IAHCSMM’s annual awards program honors Sterile Processing (SP) professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service in the SP discipline. We

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insights: IAHCSMM Award Recipients 2021
August 03

Article Addresses Verbiage Shift from Point-of-Use 'Cleaning' to 'Treatment'

August 4, 2021

Confused by what's needed to prepare instruments safely and successfully for transport to the decontamination area after a surgical

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insights: Article Addresses Verbiage Shift
April 12

IAHCSMM Announces Board of Director Election Results

April 14, 2021

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is pleased to announce the election results for four Board of

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insights: IAHCSMM Board of Directors Article April, 2021
April 12

FDA’s Warning on Infections Linked to Urology Scopes Underscores Training, Competency Needs

April 14, 2021

IAHCSMM previously shared with membership the April 1, 2021, warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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insights: FDA Warning on Infections Article April, 2021
April 08

The Critical (3) Do's and Don'ts For Handling Sterile Packaging

Author: Michele DeMeo
Contributors: Stephen Kovach, Sue Klacik, Jane Severin, Jon Wilder

Three critical practices to ensure sterile goods are delivered to the

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Critical (3) Dos and Don'ts of Packaging Article April, 2021
March 17

TJC Revises Its Water Management Requirements

By: IAHCSMM Education Department

March 31, 2021

On March 19, 2021, the Joint Commission announced it approved numerous revisions for prepublication of its water management

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insights: Water Management Article March, 2021
March 17

Sterilization Packaging Shortage

By: IAHCSMM Education Department

March 17, 2021

IAHCSMM is aware of reports of sterilization wrap shortages throughout the U.S. Those shortages may require facilities to consider

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insights: Packaging Shortage Article March, 2021
March 03

Diligence in Implant Processing will Decrease Infection Risks

By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, CHL, ACE, FCS

March 3, 2021

Implants are foreign bodies that have sustained contact with sterile tissue; therefore, they

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insights: Implant Processing Article March, 2021