Sterile Processing Case Study
Choose two of the four topics listed below:
- Decontamination Principles,
- Sterilization Methods,
- Preparation of Medical Equipment and Supplies,
- and Inventory Control and Distribution Systems.
Once the two case studies are chosen, answer the questions using your own words and address the conflict or issue with a solution specific to the topics chosen.
CASE STUDY SCENARIOS 1.
WORKPLACE SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGY 123 2.
3. Preparation of Medical Equipment and Supplies:
Over the last month, the operating room has received rigid containers without filters, assembled instruments in sterilized sets, and closed versus open packaged and processed instruments. Why are all three of these occurrences an issue? Discuss the instrument preparation process. What can the sterile processing technician do to ensure that all items are prepared and packaged correctly? What might the operating room staff have to do if items are received closed, assembled, or without the appropriate filters, chemical indicators, etc.? How can it affect the patient if those items are used? 4. Inventory Control and Distribution: The sterile processing department at Hershey-Chocolate Medical Center has an excessive amount of inventory. Discuss what issues or concerns may occur due to this excessive inventory. What inventory system may work well for their department? Discuss at least four types of inventory systems and how each could initiate a more controlled environment of inventory for the facility. How can distribution be affected by excessive inventory?