An essential part of the core performance of hospitals is provided in the operating room (OR). For the time-coordinated provision of the necessary resources (e.g. patient, surgical team, information, surgical material), the effective and efficient, high-quality and flexible supply of sterile goods is a relevant supporting process. At this point, different challenges can be identified concerning the overarching coordination and implementation of the sterile supply process. The question is: What kind of improvements can be attempted and implemented to move towards a concerted and overarching supply process on needs-based (targeted/ effective) and efficient (optimized use of resources) sterile services for hospitals? Within the framework of two research projects, 13 experts working at a hospital focusing on tertiary (specialized) care were interviewed on relevant improvements in the sterile supply process. The survey was conducted as a qualitative longitudinal study based on interviews and observation. It highlighted a potential for improvement in various main categories: external, OR, CSSD, transport, information/communication and organization. Furthermore, short-, medium- And long-term measures for improvement were developed, significant demonstrating the importance of an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary knowledge and communication management strategy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Quality of care in hospital sterile supply: Reprocessed medical devices - coordination process between the operating room (OR) and the central sterile supply department (CSSD)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Zentralsterilisation - Central Service|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|