Why you can't find decent CSSD colleagues anymore

  • June 13, 2023

The Sterile Processing industry is facing a critical challenge - a scarcity of qualified technicians. 
Let's discuss the implications on compensation, training, recruiting and retention.

Difficulty in Finding Qualified Personnel
The supply of qualified individuals entering this field can be attributed to limited awareness and understanding of the Sterile Processing profession among potential candidates. There's also a lack of structured training programs and educational opportunities in this specialized field in some regions. However, even in places where a structured education is provided, we're not seeing a shift in this problem. It merely softens the blow.


Labor Shifts and Demographic Changes
Eurostat's demographic data reveals significant labor shifts that are impacting the Sterile Processing industry. An aging population in many European countries, coupled with a declining number of individuals pursuing careers in 'doing jobs', has contributed to the growing workforce shortage. The younger generation often prioritizes careers in other sectors, resulting in a smaller pool of potential candidates.

More importantly, the perception of Sterile Processing as a less glamorous or less well-compensated field deters individuals from pursuing it as a viable career option. This is, of course, a problem that can easily be fixed. Our industry is both exciting and fun to work in!
However, these demographic changes underline the urgent need to address the shortage and attract a new wave of skilled professionals to the industry.

Money, Training, External Recruiting and Retention
The workforce shortage in Sterile Processing has wide-ranging implications for the industry.
Firstly, hospitals and healthcare facilities must offer competitive salaries and benefits to attract and retain skilled professionals, which can strain their financial resources.


Additionally, the shortage necessitates increased investment in long-term training programs to bridge the skills gap. Collaborative efforts between hospitals, educational institutions, and industry organizations are essential to provide comprehensive training opportunities and ensure a competent workforce.

We're seeing increased "poaching campaigns" from outsourcing companies across the board. Specialized technicians end up getting hired back through external companies, which offer a better package than the sterilization department itself.
Retention of staff can be achieved by looking closely at these external partners and integrating their methods to increase staff satisfaction.

Automated testing devices
By automating testing processes, technicians are freed from the burden of manual checks, allowing them to focus on other critical tasks and reducing the risk of human error. Automated testing devices ensure consistent and reliable results, thereby enhancing patient safety and maintaining regulatory compliance.
Most importantly, since these devices are used to test after every operation, surprises are limited and it increases predictability of the department as a whole significantly.
Integrating such devices into Sterile Processing departments not only improves overall productivity but also alleviates the strain on the limited workforce.

LightControl Top down

The Sterile Processing industry is grappling with a shortage of qualified technicians, which has profound implications for healthcare facilities. Compensation, training, recruiting, and retention are all impacted by the scarcity of skilled professionals. However, automation and innovation provide a path forward. Automated testing devices, such as Dovideq Medical's LightControl, offer efficient and reliable solutions, reducing the burden on staff and enhancing patient safety.

It is crucial for healthcare organizations and industry stakeholders to embrace automation, focus on staff retention and implement advanced technologies to address the increasing workforce shortage and ensure the continued delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare services.

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