Sterility of supplies must be maintained and supplies rotated as required.
Equipment must be safe for both patient and hospital personnel.
(4) No opportunity for cross-contamination must occur in the distribution and
(5) Inventories, both in the CMS and at the user level, must be
realistic--neither overstocked nor understocked. Inventories can be adjusted as
c. Delivery and Collection Methods and Schedules. The delivery system
used in a medical facility should meet the objective of providing the best possible
service to the patient. The method and frequency of delivery and collection schedules
is determined by the requirements of the medical treatment facility. Some factors that
must be considered when establishing the methods and schedules are:
Time when the using units need clean items in large quantities.
Location to which supplies are to be delivered.
Traffic in the hospital.
Availability of CMS personnel to deliver and collect items.
Handling of emergency requests.
Peak workloads within CMS.
d. Availability of Utility Rooms. A specific room or area in each using unit is
designated for storage of clean items, and another room or area is designed for storage
of soiled or used items. Clean and soiled items must not be stored in the same area.
e. Cabinets. Cabinets must be available in each using unit to store clean items.
(1) Closed cabinets (figure 2-2) are preferred to open ones. Closed
cabinets should have windows so items can be seen.
Cabinets should be clearly labeled "Cabinets for clean CMS Items."
Certain shelves should be labeled "Sterile," others should be labeled