The PSMSDD collaborates closely with corresponding Polish societies such as the Polish Society for Hospital Infections Control, The Infection Control Nurses and The National Institute of Hygiene. We are also cooperating with international organisations such as the ESH society (the last ESH Conference took place in Warsaw in 1998).
The main activity of the Society is an annual General Congress, held in April every year. In 2001, the VII General Congress took place.
We are also working in committees to implement our activities in the fields of Sterilization Process Standardization, Sterilization Control and CSSD Staff Training.
The official publication of PSSSM is "Biuletyn", which appears 4 times a year. There we publish all news about PSMSDD and general news about standarisation, validation and sterilization control.
Sterylizacja Zasobˇoacute;w Medycznych
*** Polish *** This is the Polish version of "Sterilization of Medical Supplies by Steam, Volume 1 General Theory" by Jan Huys.
In a hospital or clinic it is necessary that all equipment and materials used for treating patients are absolutely safe for use: the chance for spreading of diseases should be kept as small as possible. Cleaning, decontamination and sterilization are important methods in this battle against this ever present threat. Especially since the fatal disease AIDS became so powerful and spread world wide, the demand for proper procedures for infection control gained momentum enormously. Diseases such as Hepatitis B, known to be transmitted through contaminated surgical instruments, stimulated the need for stricter guidelines for disinfection and sterilization. This book focuses on the most common and most safe method used for sterilization in the Central Sterile Service Departments in healthcare institutions: sterilization by pressurised high temperature steam. A first major step to improvement of sterile supply is the training of all personnel involved (technicians, staff and users). Moreover, in the recently published European standards on sterilization, education is required of everybody involved in sterilization, whether it concerns the manufacturer of the sterilizing equipment or the technician maintaining or using it. This series of books provides a foundation needed to fulfil this requirement. Originally intended to educate technical service personnel in remote health institutions, it has grown into a textbook that can be used by anyone interested in sterilization.
The International Federation for Sterile Supply (IFSS) and the Irish Decontamination Institute (IDI) are pleased to recommend the book to all their members and all others involved in sterilization practices.
Click here for a book brochure/flyer in PDF format.
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