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Awards

The Sterile Processing (SP) profession is dynamic, ever evolving and critical to patient safety and positive outcomes. Those who comprise this challenging, yet rewarding discipline and consistently go the extra mile in the name of service excellence are certainly worthy of formal recognition. The IAHCSMM Awards Program does just that by paying tribute to SP professionals’ many contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high quality service to healthcare customers each day. We thank you for your hard work and commitment to doing what's right in the name of quality and patient safety!

Decontaminator of the Year Award

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Individuals must nominate themselves for this award.

This award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper on the topic of decontamination. The Decontaminator of the Year Award was established in honor of Anne Cofiell, who served as the IAHCSMM representative to AAMI where she chaired numerous working groups. Cofiell also authored many articles and spoke on Central Service (CS) topics at IAHCSMM conferences and numerous educational programs around the country. She advocated on behalf of the CS profession for the regulation of reuse of single-use devices.

Nominees will be evaluated on a typewritten paper that focuses on the importance of decontamination in the workplace. A curriculum vitae/resume must also be submitted for evaluation. All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the nominee.

The recipient of this award will be recognized during the 2021 Annual Conference and Expo, and will receive an engraved plaque and a monetary award in the amount of $1,000.

Please note: a person may not be the recipient of this award for two consecutive years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominee has been an active member of IAHCSMM in good standing for at least one year

Documentation Requirements

  • A paper that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of decontamination in the workplace. Papers must:
    • Be original and previously unpublished. Previously published papers will not be considered;
    • Be presented in essay form;
    • Contain references in standard citation format;
    • Contain a title page with the author's name and contact information;
    • Have numbered pages; and
    • Be typewritten and at least 1,000 words in length.
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae/resume.

Decontaminator of the Year Award Nomination Form

To begin the application process, either pdfClick Here to download the PDF Application or use the online form below.

Individuals must nominate themselves for this award.

Nominee Information
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Deadline: June 11, 2021

Note: All papers become the property of IAHCSMM and cannot be reproduced, published or edited in any form without the written permission of IAHCSMM. Applicant grants permission to IAHCSMM to reprint and distribute this submission.
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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.