Collaboration between perioperative nurses and sterile processing department personnel

AORN J. 2010 Apr;91(4):454-62. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.09.029.


Ensuring patient safety requires collaboration between all members of the surgical team, which includes personnel in the sterile processing department. Because of the close working relationship between the OR and sterile processing department, it is important that employees in these departments work well together. Reducing errors and misunderstandings can contribute to improved relationships between personnel in these two departments. Strategies should include a focus on reducing instrument set errors, fostering teamwork and positive relationships, improving interdepartmental communication, and ensuring compliance with policies that are based on the most current evidence available.

MeSH terms

  • Central Supply, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Communication
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Documentation
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Interdepartmental Relations*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Inventories, Hospital
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Operating Room Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Professional Role
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sterilization / organization & administration
  • Trust