Resource Documents

All Sterile Processing departments seek to improve their practices. The journey is never-ending as new technologies, standards, guidelines and other changes impact our work practices. IAHCSMM offers a collective resource of sample documents as an exclusive Association member benefit, as well as additional documents pertinent and available to the entire profession.

IAHCSMM Knowledge Base

SP Sample Documents

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This section has been developed as a resource for departments who are seeking to improve their performance. The documents contained herein, are samples provided by different facilities. Like our individual departments, each reflects a different location on the path to improvement. No single document will be a fit for every department, but it is our hope that having access to sample documents will enable departments to enhance their own documents and practices.

CJD Research Paper

Reprocessing of Instrumentation Exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)/TSEs

Healthcare facilities face the challenge of caring for patients who may have Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) caused by prions. Processing surgical instrumentation that may have come in contact with prions requires unique processing guidance. Some clinical experts believe the most widely-referenced document that addresses this concern, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), is outdated for practical clinical application.

Ebola Resources

Multisociety Statement on Processing Biohazardous Medical Waste

The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease has raised questions about the correct handling of Ebola contaminated biohazardous medical waste. Due to this outbreak and mounting concerns about the disease from healthcare professionals and medical institutions, IAHCSMM, AAMI, AORN, APIC, and AST have issued a joint statement below to offer guidance on handling biohazardous medical waste, including waste contaminated with the Ebola virus. Specifically, the statement addresses the use of sterilizers for processing biohazardous waste in the healthcare facility.

Humidity Level Changes

Multi-Society Communication Addresses Humidity Level Changes, Safety Issues

At the request of a number of healthcare delivery organizations, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) investigated and revised its international standard for HVAC design parameters in 2010 (Addendum D to the 2008 version). The environmental RH for anesthetizing locations, including Operating Rooms was changed to expand the minimum en of the range from 30% to 20% RH. The upper limit remains at 60% RH. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) support the ASHRAE standard, as does The Joint Commission (TJC).

IAHCSMM Standards Value Letter

Sterile Processing departments (SPDs) operating in the absence of the latest industry standards, guidelines and recommended practices face a myriad of negative outcomes, not the least of which can include increased risk to patient and healthcare worker safety, survey deficiencies and fines, and devastating damage to their facility's reputation.

IUSS Position Paper

"Flash sterilization" has traditionally been used to describe steam sterilization cycles where unwrapped medical instruments are subjected to an abbreviated steam exposure time and then used promptly after cycle completion without being stored. This is in contrast to traditional "terminal sterilization" cycles, where instruments are sterilized within containers, wrappers, or primary packaging designed to maintain the instruments' sterility and allow the devices to be stored for later use. The term "flash" arose out of the abbreviated time of exposure of the unwrapped device.

Loaner Instrument Paper

Template form serves as an accompanying tool for IAHCSMM Position Paper

In recognition of the need to systematically manage loaner instrumentation and implants, IAHCSMM's Orthopedic Council has developed a position paper and sample procedure template to help CS's rise above the challenges. This first-of-its-kind policy template reflects subject matter associated with loaners, as well as minimal regulatory guidelines, and provides recommendations for creating loaner instrumentation policies and procedures in a concise and user-friendly form.

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.