Everyday, the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) works diligently to ensure that surgical instruments and assets are delivered to the OR on time, trays are accurately configured, and instruments are in sterile condition. Preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) is the hallmark of CSSDs.

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References:

9 Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event. CDC Procedure Assisted Module; January, 2016. (Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/pscmanual/9pscssicurrent.pdf)

How-to Guide: Prevent Surgical Site Infections. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2012. (Available at: www.ihi.org)

Torrance, A., McClenathan, B. Preventin SSIs: The sterile processing connection; October 27, 2014. (Available at:   http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/preventing-ssis-the-sterile-processing-connection.html)