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Sterile Processing from the Inside Out: Creating and executing a successful design-build Sterile Processing project.
A sterile processing department’s success depends on one thing: Operational Excellence. It’s easy to clean a single instrument safely. But the challenge of processing thousands of instruments in a single shift is daunting and laden with risk. Patients are counting on a safe, sterile processing workflow every day. Efficient design enables adherence to good quality principles, lessening patient risk and enabling greater productivity.
Success can only happen if a sterile processing department is built for maximum workflow efficiency from the ground up. Our core competencies and experience enable efficient and successful processing, storage, case assembly, and workflow to make this success possible.
Sterile processing operational knowledge and experience with technical requirements are scarce commodities. However, our team has the skills and experience to deliver this critical knowledge to your advantage for your projects and your clients’ success.
Our solid experience in Sterile Processing Management, Auditing, and Technical Requirements have helped our clients pass accreditation audits by agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC), and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) with ZERO findings. So why not let us help you design success into your projects?
We Deliver Design Expertise Focused on the Practice Specialties Equipment and workflow considerations must be expertly integrated in the design process.
Each surgical specialty has its own equipment requirements, and each equipment type has its individual challenges for sterile processing. Instrument type, size, and processing requirements differ, and we have experience with all of them.
– Ortho-heavy or ortho-only centers are much different than a standard SPD.
Orthopedic instrument sets consume a large amount of space and need aggressive cleaning. The processing equipment selected must meet the demands these instruments present without interruption.
– In contrast, ophthalmic-surgery-focused facilities use small, delicate instruments that cannot survive extreme washing conditions. Additionally, washing chemistry requirements are different. Therefore, we work closely with you to ensure the right equipment is selected and strategically placed within the facility to provide clean, sterile, and safe ophthalmic instrument processing.
– Robotic and rigid endoscopic instruments require precleaning and processing in lumened (hollow) sections of the instruments. This is a vital step that must be taken into account in your design and selection of processing equipment and workspace to accommodate the necessary processing steps effectively and efficiently.
– Cleaning flexible endoscopes properly every time is highly critical for patient safety and labor intensive. The possibility of cross-contamination must be designed out of the processing area. These instruments require a unique workflow and safety protocol. Endoscopes require special processing equipment built into a space that enables following the instructions for use to provide the best results and avoid the risk of infection.
– Interventional radiology probes (TEE) for OB-GYN, Labor and Delivery require surface cleaning and disinfection. As a result, a safe, designated area for processing must be built considering the procedures and instrument flow.
– Dental facilities have very specific and different needs for instrument processing. In addition, these facilities are smaller and require careful equipment selection and consideration of installation requirements.
– Respiratory therapy has requirements similar to Interventional radiology, but the items processed, and equipment used differ. The processing areas must be sequestered from the patient care areas and be large enough to accommodate long, flexible tubing used for these therapies. In addition, some processing equipment may present major aerosol issues which can endanger processing technicians.
Our knowledge with each class of instruments sets us apart. We expertly integrate any combination of instrument processing into your design for lean, versatile, and adaptable workflows, including plans for future expansion to make any sterile processing facility a success.
QPRG is laser-focused on one goal: Sterile processing optimization for maximum workflow efficiency. As a result, we have helped our clients to achieve a higher level of processing assurance with greater efficiency and better-quality metrics in all sterile processing areas.
Let us help you with what matters most in keeping patient safety your number one goal, successfully.