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Getinge is a global provider of infection control equipment, medical systems, and extended care products.
A major challenge facing healthcare – and one of its paradoxes – is that hospital patients are often exposed to additional medical problems during their treatment. Hospital acquired infections (HAI)–in which an in- or out-patient contracts a viral or bacterial infection because of their visit. The biggest risks for surgical patients involve improperly sterilized equipment in operating rooms, while for medical patients exposure to infections via surfaces and caregivers.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Recognizing that an effective and efficient system for disinfection and sterilization takes more than equipment alone, Getinge applies its expertise in infection control to the planning and design of entire systems. The result is greatly reduced risks for the spread of infection and smoother, more economical procedures.
Two main systems of sterilization are used in hospitals today.
The system generally used in modern hospitals is a centralized department for disinfection and sterilization, also known as the CSSD (= Central Sterilization Supply Department). It offers a number of advantages. Cleaning, disinfection, inspection, packing, sterilization, storing and distribution are carried out by specialized, experienced personnel in an area that is strictly and completely separated from soiled areas. This ensures better control and more reliable results, i.e. a reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections. It is also more economical.
The other system is a decentralized system of sterilization. This could be a decentralized sterilization facility, or substerile department, a relatively small unit usually located close to where the sterilized items are used. At a central surgical department, this type of unit is known as a TSSU (= Theater Sterile Supply Unit). The main advantage is that the instrument circulation time is shorter and transport is more or less eliminated.
Combinations of TSSU (Theater Sterile Supply Unit) and CSSD techniques are also common.
Maximum safety and efficiency in the handling of goods within a hospital requires a well-thought-out circulation system. This is not something that happens by itself – it has to be planned.