The “sterile area” of a Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) is a controlled environment where sterilized items are stored, packaged, and prepared for distribution to healthcare facilities or hospital departments. It plays a vital role in maintaining patient safety and preventing healthcare-associated infections by delivering sterile and high-quality medical equipment when needed.
The sterile area in a CSSD is responsible for ensuring that sterile supplies are readily available, properly packaged, and safe for use in healthcare procedures.
To help to reprocess sets and instruments correctly, it is necessary to undergo an automatic sterilization process through dedicated equipment, which must be periodically maintained and checked.
With a maximum temperature of 50-55°C / 122-131°F and exposure to the sterilizing agent split into 4 separate pulses, our PL Series of low-temperature sterilizers is perfect even for the most delicate instruments.
It defines a new standard in quality, ergonomics, and safety thanks to leading-edge technologies and top-quality design. It results in high productivity and cost-efficiency.
Automated solutions in the instrument reprocessing workflow help optimize labor usage and save time as they reduce manual handling at given steps. In addition, they limit the movement of bulky items by the staff, thus increasing their physical wellbeing and making them available for other tasks.
Sterile items are carefully inspected, and their integrity and packaging are verified. They are then assembled into sets or packages and labeled with necessary information such as expiration dates, lot numbers, and item descriptions.
To automate most of these procedures and reduce human errors, it is possible to use tracking systems such as SteelcoData Suite. It is a web-based, cloud-ready, and modular software suite that helps ensuring accuracy and consistency during the entire instrument workflow. It monitors devices’ performance, cycles, and consumption; il tracks sets and instruments through each stage of reprocessing, transportation, and storage; and it helps refining the workflow to cope with times of increased demand whilst maintaining safety and efficiency.
Checking sterilization status
The correct sterilization of instruments and sets depends on both the right checks and periodic maintenance. Steelco offers solutions to both these needs thanks to a wide range of process indicators and a dedicated after-sales service.
Regardless of the brand of washers, ultrasound units, sterilizers, or endoscope reprocessors, it is essential that your equipment is properly cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized according to international and local standards. For these aims, you can rely on SteelcoSure products.
To encourage sustainability, SteelcoSure products are lead and toxic-heavy-metal free and their packaging is reduced to a minimum.
Furniture for the Sterile Area
The sterile area is designed to minimize the risk of microbial growth or introduction of pathogens to the sterilized items.
It typically consists of dedicated storage units, shelves, and racks that are organized to facilitate proper segregation and identification of sterile supplies.
To store instruments in an ergonomic and easy way, Steelco offers trolleys and carts with adjustable height.