CSSD

Ultrasound Machine

CSSD

Sterile Processing Departments are typically divided into four major areas to accomplish the functions of decontamination, assembly and sterile processing, sterile storage, and distribution. In the decontamination area, reusable equipment, instruments, and supplies are cleaned and decontaminated by means of manual or mechanical cleaning processes and chemical disinfection. Clean items are received in the assembly and packaging area from the decontamination area and are then assembled and prepared for issue, storage, or further processing (like sterilization). After assembly or sterilization, items are transferred to the sterile storage area until its time for them to be issued. Several major functions are carried out in the distribution area: case cart preparation and delivery; exchange cart inventory, replenishment and delivery; telephone-order and requisition-order filling; and, sometimes, patient care equipment delivery.