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Published on October 07, 2014

Get to Know: Sterile Supply Processing

While patients never see Sterile Supply Processing staff, the work they do touches the life of every Palos patient.

Patient safety is the number one priority of Sterile Supply Processing, which is located on the lower level of the Hospitaller Pavilion. The staff provides support to the Operating Room, with their responsibilities including cleaning and decontamination, sterilization, assembly, storage, and distribution of surgical instruments. SSP also supports all nursing units and the Palos Immediate Care and Orland Primary Care centers.  

 Did you know?

  • SSP technicians are nationally certified and participate in monthly continuing education events to maintain certification.
  • SSP cleans and provides equipment to every nursing unit at PCH and two outlying PCH clinics.
  • SSP is open and operational year-round, 24 hours a day.
  • SSP processed and sterilized more than 112,575 items for surgery, endoscopy and other procedures in the last year.

There are more than 50,000 certified Central Sterile Processing Technicians in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management and processing of surgical supplies and equipment. At Palos, 96 percent of the SSP staff have achieved national or international certification as Central Sterile Processing Professionals.