Great Bend Regional Hospital continually seeks to maintain the highest standards of surgical safety. The hospital’s commitment is demonstrated by their recent construction of a state-of-the-art Sterile Processing Department. The prevention of surgical site infections is at the forefront of medical research, as well as one of the top concerns for surgical patients. The CDC validates this concern by listing surgical sites infections as the second most frequent adverse effect of hospitalization.
“Sterile processing is vital component to a safe surgical experience but because it is often unseen, it can be overlooked. The sterile processing department provides for the stringent cleaning and sterilization of instruments used in medical and surgical procedures.” Sue Friesen, OR Supervisor.
The sterilization process involves a complex and detailed process that uses specialized instruments, inspections, packaging, autoclaving, and correct storage – all to ensure that sterile instruments are provided for each patient during their surgical procedures.
Great Bend Regional Hospital invested close to $1.0 million for the new addition plus technologically advanced sterilizing equipment. By expanding their Sterile Processing Department and installing new equipment, Great Bend Regional Hospital has increased their ability to safely process larger volumes of surgical instruments in a carefully monitored environment. This new addition and specially trained technicians can effectively respond to the expanding surgical staff and services at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Pam Chambers, Administrator states, “We continue to seek how to improve the quality of care to our patients and community. The patient’s safety is our highest priority and this investment in sterile processing reflects our on-going commitment to enhance patient safety.”