Accession Number : AD0617057

Title :   A STUDY OF THE FUNCTIONAL ROLE OF CENTRAL SERVICE WITHIN THE MODERN HOSPITAL.

Descriptive Note : Major rept.,

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Graves,Frederick J.

Report Date : JUN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : Study of the literature and a survey of several hospitals make the clear point that the role of Central Service is a dynamic one. From a historical view the functions of Central Service have moved from a concept in which a number of hospital activities prepared their own sterile supplies to a concept in which centralization and standardization have lead to a single service. Mechanization and the use of disposables have had a marked influence on the size and scope of the Central Service. Finally, some functions not traditionally a role of this service have been added depending upon what 'administration' feels the Central Service should do, and can do. A variety of factors such as facilities design, worker and supervisory skills, and user demands underlie these administrative decisions. The traditional role of sterile supply processing and handling of certain items of widely used patientcare equipment continues to occupy the major portion of the time expended in Central Service.

Descriptors :   (*HOSPITALS, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), (*MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), (*MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), (*MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, HOSPITALS), NURSES, LABOR, COSTS, INVENTORY, MEDICAL PERSONNEL

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE