Safety Gets Recognition

To The Reader’s Forum:

Central service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, which begins today and lasts through Oct. 19.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) represents approximately 21,000 central service professionals in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management and processing of surgical supplies and equipment.

Central service professionals are integral members of the health care team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a central service professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation. Please join us in honoring these dedicated central service professionals by celebrating International Central Service Week from today to Oct. 19.

K’lynn McDonnell