CSSD Technicians Working in Hospital Sterile Services Supply Department (CSSD)

 

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For both patients and hospital staff alike, germs must be destroyed in order to prevent the spread of infections. An important example of this is the fight against health-care-associated infections (HAIs), infections that hospital patients get as a result of their stay in the hospital. This may be due to contaminated equipment, surgical…

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Laboratory Work with Test Tubes

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Microbiology is the study of small, or microscopic, life.

This microscopic life -- mostly in the form of protozoa, bacteria, and viruses -- solved the mystery of what causes illness. In 1877 Louis Pasteur, a French biologist, discovered the connection between a rod-like type of tiny being, or microorganism, and the cattle disease splenic fever, also known as…

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This series will cover all aspects of autoclaving, including:

  • Steam generators and steam supply 
  • The pre and post vacuum phase of the sterilization cycle
  • The autoclave jacket 
  • The cooling process
  • The autoclave control systems

Before reading further, you may also be interested in the learning series Autoclave Sterilization Basics which discusses topics about autoclave sterilizers and…

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Vision for the Poor

Vision for the Poor has built five eye hospitals in Guatemala, Haiti, and Nicaragua, where native ophthalmologists and optometrists treat in excess of 100,000 patients each year. Using the model developed by India’s Aravind Eye Care Hospital (the largest such facility in the world, which has established the gold standard for sustainable eye care), Vision converts low-volume, inefficient eye clinics into high-volume, high-quality, self-supporting medical centers within one to two…

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