Now that many of the major national conferences are behind us (with a couple more to come, including AAMI and APIC), let the planning start for next year. SPD Managers are challenged with budgetary issues each and every day. One of the most important line items, and one that is often the first to be cut, is money for training and continuing education.
Our unique and innovative frequent purchaser program called "Sterile Processing Dollars (SPDs)" has been developed with these issues in mind. Your institution will earn these SPD points with every purchase of a Healthmark product for your Sterile Processing Department (Central Supply, Central Service, Sterile Supply). These points can then be used to purchase educational materials for you and your staff. Healthmark has teamed up with IAHCSMM (International Association of Hospital Central Service & Materials Management) and CBSPD (The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) to provide the most comprehensive educational materials and programs available for Sterile Processing/Central Supply Professionals and Technicians.
You can use your SPDs to cover the cost of your registration and books; you or your organization will only need to pay for travel, room and board expenses.
If you can't make a national conference, use your SPDs on registration for a local IAHCSMM or CBSPD meeting. (Check with your local group to see if they are a participating partner in the SPD program). SPDs can be spent not only for meetings but on all of the CBSPD and IAHCSMM educational materials including: textbooks, boxed course materials, publications and training kits.