Fraser Health’s planned cuts to sterile processing shortsighted
The Fraser Health Authority is planning to reduce staffing in hospital sterile processing departments in order to cut costs.
Sterile processing departments clean and sterilize surgical instruments and other medical devices that are used in surgeries, diagnostic testing and other procedures.
The cuts to sterile processing were announced to staff in an internal bulletin issued Thursday, and affected staff have been notified.
HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy says while the
work of sterile processing staff is invisible to the public, it is critical to
patient health and safety.
“These cuts are shortsighted and can only undermine public confidence in the management of our health care system,” says Darcy. “Fraser Health should reconsider their planned cuts in this area.”