The Central Processing Department (CPD) plays a critical role in the provision of safe patient care. It is in this area of the Alliance that medical/surgical supplies and equipment, both sterile and non-sterile, are decontaminated, processed, sterilized, stored and used for patient care.
Central Processing Technicians are responsible for many vital services within the
Alliance. Some responsibilities include:
- Decontamination procedures
- Preparation and packaging for sterilization
- Monitoring the process of steam, plasma sterilization, and liquid chemical sterilization
- Maintaining product sterility through shelf-life/rotation
- Storage distribution, inspection and inventory control of supplies, instruments and equipment
Professionals who work in CPD are responsible for controlling and monitoring medical devices, infection control, and the administration of safety practices that benefit health care workers and the public at large. CPD staff provide the cleaning, decontamination, sterilization, and inspection of surgical instruments, devices, and implants in accordance with Canadian Safety Association standards.
Central Processing professionals' commitment to safety helps make certain that patients and health care workers, as well as their families, are safe from infections that could occur or be spread following contact with contaminated instruments.