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Paramedical Services
Central Sterile Services Department(CSSD)

Objective and Functions:

The Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) is divided into five major areas: decontamination, assembly and processing, sterilizing, sterile storage, and distribution.
The objectives of central service include the following:

  • To provide inventoried supplies and equipment to customer areas.
  • To promote better patient care by providing prompt and accurate service.
  • To provide supplies of sterile linen packs, basins, instruments, and other sterile items.
  • To maintain an accurate record of the effectiveness of the cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing processes.
  • To strive for uniformity and simplicity in the trays and sets that the department provides.
  • To maintain an adequate inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • To monitor and enforce controls necessary to prevent cross infection according to infection control policies.
  • To establish and maintain sterile processing and distribution standards.
  • To operate efficiently to reduce overhead expense.
  • To stay abreast of developments in the field and to implement changes as needed to stay current with new regulations and recommended practices.
  • To review current practice for possible improvements in quality or services provided.
  • To provide consulting services to other departments in all areas of sterile processing and distribution, including in- service education programs, review policies and procedures, and implementation of new processes.