ASHE 55th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

G361-AAC18-2206 - Sterile Processing Department Design and HVAC Considerations

Jul 17, 2018 9:45am ‐ Jul 17, 2018 10:45am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00
Members: $15.00


The requirements for sterile processing facilities were significantly revised in the Facility Guidelines Institute’s 2018 Guidelines for Design and Construction. The new edition provides expanded guidance for designing these critical areas to support and encourage compliance with professional practice guidelines for cleaning, decontaminating, and sterilizing surgical instruments. The session will cover when a two-room sterile processing facility is required, when a single-room sterile processing facility is acceptable, and ventilation requirements to support a dirty-to-clean workflow.

  • Discuss the perspectives of infection preventionists on what architects and engineers need to know to provide the safest, most efficient environment for sterile processing
  • Describe the extent to which each profession’s perspective (designer and clinician) is addressed in AORN’s “Recommended Practices for a Safe Environment of Care, Part II” and FGI’s Guidelines for Design and Construction for both hospitals and outpatient f
  • Describe the design engineers’ perspective to approaching initial planning for sterile processing environments in hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities
  • Explain the latest ventilation requirements for sterile processing and the Joint HVAC Task Force’s recommendations on compliance


  • Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, CEO, Facility Guidelines Institute
  • Paula Wright, RN, BSN, CIC, Director, Infection Control Unit, Massachasetts General Hospital


Credits: None available.

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