Typical Australian CSSD: Federal compliance and passing with Merit

Roel Castillo 1

CSSD Manager, Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia


Introduction: The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare requires health service organizations to comply with 10 standards ensuring risk is minimized and patients get the quality of care they truly deserve. CSSDs all throughout Australia are responsible for Standard 3.16 (reprocessing of RMDs in accordance with relevant International standards and IFUs); 3.17 (Systems to enable identification of a process to a patient) and 3.18 (ensuring workforce to decontaminate RMDs undertake competency based training. This is an actual account of how a typical medium sized HSO goes through every day.

Methods: The objective of this presentation is to present to the IPC community, daily routines the reprocessing technician is confronted with and the different approaches with common goal: all for patient care. Competency, validation, monitoring, processes and workflows, a never ending quest to excellence in service. Evidence for compliance is documented every day and contingencies attached.

Results: ISO 17664 and the challenges of product grouping for an ISO 17665 validation. The perils of the requirement of complex devices validated in situ and the attached IFUs reprocessing departments need to accommodate. What is in it for us as IPC professionals?

Conclusion: Collaboration has always been an integral part of success in the healthcare setting. Sharing information relevant to decisions concerning patient safety has never been more important to improve reprocessing of reusable medical devices for IPC professionals. Its all for patient care.

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