News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 18, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 18, 2012

The Tribune-Star

---- — Crucial role in patient safety

Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Sterile Supply Department Week this week. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management represents approximately 18,000 CSSD professionals in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management and processing of surgical supplies and equipment.

CSSD professionals are responsible for processing surgical instruments, supplies and equipment. These individuals provide support to patient care services with their responsibilities encompassing cleaning and decontamination, sterilization, assembly, storage, and distribution of surgical instruments needed for patient care.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a CSSD professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated CSSD professionals by celebrating International Central Sterile Supply Department Week this week.

— Walter R. Steiger Jr.

Terre Haute

Newport grounds should be accessible

I am a resident of Marion (in northeast Indiana) who has family buried in the grounds of the former Newport Army Ammunition Plant. We are required to give a 48-hour notice before we go to the old plant grounds. I have been denied entrance to the plant unless I call a certain number.  They say the ground does not belong to the citizens of Vermillion County.

They say this is for the public’s safety. The public has been shut out of the grounds for years and could not visit their family cemeteries. I feel this is intrusive and should change. I don’t know how many other families are affected by their decision, but I feel this needs to changed.

— Steve Stewart