What are the unmet needs in the Central Sterilization Service Department (CSSD)?

We at ASP developed a series of e-Books, with the aim to demonstrate how HAIs caused by inappropriately reprocessed medical devices can be mitigated with the help of efficient technologies.

Find out evidence on different Low Temperature Sterilization modalities and how they compare to each other in terms of safety, resources and costs.

e-Book #1: "Challenges of Medical Device Reprocessing"


✔ Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are a Major Global Safety concern and are linked to significant morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Surgical Site Infections (SSI) are one of the most common types of HAIs

✔ 22% of all surgical site infections (SSIs) are related to inadequate medical device reprocessing, that indeed represents a preventable source of HAI

✔ High temperature sterilization methods can damage heat and moisture sensitive devices.

✔ Low Temperature Sterilization technologies are not equal and some present multiple challenges and safety concerns for the users.

✔ Additional limitations in reprocessing guidelines add more complexity to instrument reprocessing.

✔ How the ASP technologies address the identified needs.

e-Book #2: "Protecting Users, Patients and the Environment"


✔ A detail analysis on the risks and burden associated with commonly used sterilization modalities

✔ The health risks associated with  EtO, FO & H2O2 sterilants

✔ Material compatibility among different LTS modalities

✔ Protective measures necessary to keep users, patients and the environment safe and their impact on the workflow and instrument turnover

✔ The importance of plasma in eliminating H2O2 residuals and evidence comparing STERRAD H2O2 emissions with STERIS V-PRO® Sterilizers.

✔ Evidence on energy and water savings

e-Book #3: "Efficiency in the CSSD"


✔ Inefficiencies in medical device reprocessing can increase costs and resource use within the CSSD and eventually impact patient care

✔ Fast technologies are needed to reduce the inventory burden and help meet the OR demands

✔ A process that limits device repair, reduces waste and avoids the need for additional protective measures may promote efficiency and reduce related costs

✔ Avoiding inefficiencies in patient care can help prevent medical devices related HAIs

✔ STERRAD™ technologies can support the CSSD efficiently addressing such needs

e-Book #4: "Choosing the Right Reprocessing System for your CSSD"


✔ The CSSD plays a critical role in ensuring patient safety through proper decontamination process

✔ Choosing the right reprocessing systems involves helping address HAIs, meeting additional CSSD needs and providing safe, efficient and compliant solutions 

✔ The benefits of ASP technologies presented in detail

✔ Analyzing the ASP technologies and positioning them in relation to Steam, EtO, HLD and other H2O2 systems can help a user identify the differences and make the choice that best address those needs.

Focus on Infection Prevention

Tackle Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) in 4 moves with the ASP e-Books!


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