Archive Surgical Construction 2019

7 Keys to Smart Sterile Processing Design

Bright and spacious areas are becoming centerpieces of instrument care.

Jim Burger

Jim Burger, Senior Editor


Orthopedic Associates of Hartford Surgery Center
CLEAN LIVING Reprocessing techs are essential staff members whose workplace needs deserve to be prioritized.

Sterile processing departments are no longer architectural afterthoughts dropped into a windowless room on a facility’s bottom floor. They’re bright, high-tech spaces where skilled instrument techs perform one of surgery’s most important jobs.

“Ours is like a big, well-lit laboratory with lots of windows, so everybody can look in,” says Pietro A. Memmo, MD, co-owner and assistant director of the brand-new Orthopedic Associates of Hartford Surgery Center in Rocky Hill, Conn. “Sterile processing is a critical part of our operation, so we want people to be able to watch what’s going on.” Dr. Memmo and other surgical leaders who recently opened new facilities offer these tips for building must-see sterile processing spaces.

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