Sterile Processing Educational Trust (SPECT)'s mission is to reduce the risk of surgical infection through education, consulting, and advocating for standards and access to sterile processing resources. We are dedicated to promoting the highest quality of reprocessing possible within limited-resource settings with the goal of ensuring patient safety and wellbeing. In addition, we support the development of innovative methods to sterilize instruments that are both cost effective and easy to maintain.
Infected patients are twice as likely to die, twice as likely to spend time in an intensive care unit and five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge. ~ WHO, Guidelines for Surgery, 2009
SPECT is a small, family-run NGO, that has managed to make a very large impact in a very short time. From 2013 to 2018, SPECT has seen over 1,150 health care workers trained from more than 210 facilities in 14 resource-constrained countries. There is a dire need for sterile processing education and resources, and SPECT needs your support to continue to bring their programs to healthcare workers around the world.
Meet Christina Fast - SPECT founder and educator
Christina Fast is dedicated to bettering the lives of others and is passionate about health care. In 2011, Christina, an internationally certified Sterile Processing Technician, volunteered for Mercy Ships, joining 450 international crew members onboard the world’s largest hospital ship. It was in the sterilization room that she met Jane McIntosh, of Pender Island, BC who introduced her to the GreenAngels wood chopping team.
Christina's experience on board the Mercy Ships, and especially her visits to some of the hospitals where she saw the lack of sterilization procedures and resources, led her to found SPECT in order to provide education and resources related to effective sterile processing and infection control practices in hospitals and clinics in countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, Congo and Madagascar. The GreenAngels wood choppers, along with their partners, funded the legal fees to help establish the organization.
Since the foundational support of the GreenAngels in 2013, SPECT's influence has grown significantly. Research findings on the impact of SPECT’s training in Benin, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Republic of Congo have been published in high impact journals such as the British Medical Journal, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, and PLoS ONE. Christina has been the keynote speaker at Canadian conferences in Ontario and Alberta, and most recently presented SPECT’s work at the World Federation for Hospital Sterilization Sciences in the Netherlands. Christina was chosen as IAHCSMM’s Educator of the Year in 2018, the first Canadian to ever be awarded this distinction.
Our belief is that by providing education, mentoring and resources to health care workers, we will empower them to develop and maintain safe sterile practices within their medical community.
SPECT has recently earned distinguished awards including:
First Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40,
GreenAngels is proud to support Christina, SPECT and Mercy Ships.