Mission of the Sterilization Division

Its missions are as follows:

  • Meet the sterile materials needs of HUG and external services 
  • Be an institutional technical and scientific expertise center in the field of sterilization
  • Train and inform
  • Participate in the national and international development of good practices in the field of sterilization, definitions and work methods, in the context of the SSSH (Swiss Hospital Sterilization Society), in common with all participants.


The services proposed to clients can have different aspects:

  • The collection of pre-disinfected materials and materials to be sterilized;
  • The processing of soiled materials (recyclable materials); 
  • The packaging of recycled or consumable materials (per part, set, packet and platform);
  • Their sterilization (except for materials for which disinfection suffices);
  • Their distribution

Moreover, the Sterilization Center has an advisory role in the reprocessing of medical devices.

The Sterilization Center has expertise with the following technologies:

  • Saturated water vapor sterilization;
  • Sterrad® low-temperature sterilization via the diffusion of hydrogen peroxide vapor and plasma phase
  • sterilization with low-temperature ethylene oxide

Quality and safety

Your identity wristband

Upon admission, you receive a wristband with your surname, first names, sex and date of birth, which must be worn on the wrist. This wristband contributes to the safety of your care, by helping to verify your identity when you receive treatment or undergo an examination. During your stay, your identity is verified many times.

Care research projects

The Care Directorate has established a research schedule to identify priorities for care research at HUG, and to coordinate and guide research activities in the field of care.
Six key areas have been defined:
  • the quality and safety of care
  • symptom management
  • therapeutic education and health behavior
  • innovative interventions
  • translation of good practice into care
  • organization and delivery of care.


Care quality and safety are our priorities. We also strive to provide our patients and their relatives with the most pleasant conditions for their admission and stay. The spirit of service at HUG is a series of "little pluses" that make going to the hospital easier for you.

  • Hospital Comfort
  • Information to patients as care partners
  • Welcome and accommodation for relatives


In fulfilling its triple mission of care, teaching and research, HUG is guided by four values, among which quality illustrates a particularly rigorous internal policy, focused on care safety and efficiency.