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2024 Healthcare Sterile Processing Association Annual Conference: Highlights and Key Discussions on Infection Control

Infection Control Today (ICT) has been in attendance at the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) Annual Conference held from April 20th to 23rd, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event has been a stimulating platform for discussing, learning, and sharing innovations within the domain of infection prevention and control.

A significant highlight from the conference was the case study presented by the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) at the Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital. They detailed their initiative to streamline the management of loaner equipment, promoting better surgical efficiency. The key insights shared in this case study could open the door to potential improvements in similar healthcare settings.

A talk by Jill Holdsworth and Katie Belski provided surgical processing technicians an edge on being survey-ready. Their session was filled with insightful pointers and strategies that could help many in the profession to be better prepared for inspections and reviews.

Dr. Lisa Pawlowski emphasized the importance of comprehensive post-use instrument care and storage practices for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs). Her presentation elaborated on an evidence-based initiative that has been proven to reduce SSIs.

Innovation in sustainability within sterile processing was another hot topic, with Exeter Hospital leading the way. They showcased their efforts to revamp sustainability strategies such as waste reduction, efficiency improvements, and cost savings in their sterile processing department.

The conference also saw an exciting presentation on the novel ‘Journey of Colors’ method. This approach aims at enhancing continuous learning within sterile processing departments, using an engaging and education-oriented strategy.

Insights from the Philadelphia Veterans Association’s Sterile Processing Services Department provided valuable guidance on how to optimize sterile processing services. They presented a roadmap that included core aspects like workflow, instrumentation, tools, tracking, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Wrapping up the highlights, a unique presentation discussed the integration of process monitoring and situation awareness in sterile processing. Encouraging informed decision-making for safe patient care, this discussion will likely be of significant interest to professionals in the field.


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