Managing Packaged Sterile Supplies and Devices

Published: 06/20/2022

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Urgent Care,
  • Dialysis Facilities,
  • Medical Office,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Long Term Care,
  • Office-Based Surgery,
  • Clinical Lab,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Rural Health Clinics

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently published Quick Safety 65, which reviews safety considerations for  commercially prepared sterile supplies and devices. According to TJC, management of these pre-packaged supplies can be challenging, and organizations need to ensure a process that considers storage, access, supply chain issues, potential for contamination, expiration date management and staff education.  

Quick Safety 65 highlights the importance of prepacked device labeling. “‘Labeling’ in

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