Reprocessing and sterilizing services

Mrs Marija Juraja1,2 1Andrew Ellis, Adelaide , Australia, 2Diana Lagana, Adelaide, Australia Background: In hospitals every day we use equipment that is cleaned and sterilized, but is it? In late 2016 we found a device that has been used for...
  • August 5, 2019
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Dr Jocelyne Basseal1, Dr Sue  Campbell Westerway2 1Australasian Society For Ultrasound In Medicine, Chatswood, Australia, 2Northern Women’s Imaging, Hornsby, Australia As ultrasound technology rapidly evolves and is used more frequently in every area of medical diagnosis, it can be overlooked...
  • August 5, 2019
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Dr Greg Whiteley1 1Whiteley Corporation, Tomago, NSW, Australia   Introduction: Reusable Ultrasound Probes (RUS) and accompanying equipment are reusable medical devices which are identified as having a potential to transmit microbes between patients where cleaning and disinfecting is inadequate. The reprocessing guidelines for...
  • August 14, 2018
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Mrs Lesley Lewis1 1Rural Infection Control Practice Group (RICPRAC), Wangaratta, Australia, 2Northeast Health Wangaratta, Wangaratta, Australia Introduction, The regular assessment of sterilizing services to ensure compliance with AS/NZS 4187 has been an established expectation of health services for many years. ...
  • September 4, 2017
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A/Prof Karen Vickery1, Sister Dayane Costa1, Dr Lillian Lopes2, Sister Roel Castillo1, Dr Anaclara Tipple2, Dr Honghua Hu1 1Macquarie University, North Ryde, Australia, 2Federal University of Goias, , Goias, Brazil Introduction Following cleaning, reusable surgical instruments (RSI) are frequently touched...
  • September 4, 2017
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Mr Roel Beltran Castillo1 1Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie University, Australia Introduction:  Reusable medical devices (RMDs) significantly differ in material construction and geometric configuration; ISO 17665-3 provides information in grouping RMDs in order to cater to the demand of every unique...
  • September 4, 2017
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Karen Dawn Wares1 1Deputy Clinical Director, GAMA Healthcare Recently, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued a Medical Devices Safety Update on the use of Quaternary Ammonium Compound (QAC) based disinfectants on plastic surfaces within the healthcare environment. QACs are a...
  • August 1, 2017
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Jon Burdach1 1Nanosonics Ltd, Head of Clinical Affairs With the expanding use of complex, heat sensitive medical devices, semi-critical device reprocessing continues to be a challenge. In particular, ultrasound is among the fasting growing imaging modalities and is broadly used...
  • August 1, 2017
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Ms Julie Johnson1,2, Ms Kim Comensoli1 1Northeast Health Wangaratta, Wangaratta, Australia, 2Yarrawonga Health, Yarrawonga, Australia Sterilisation Services have come of age in the 21st Century – being recognised  and acknowledged as a specialty with a discrete knowledge base.. The release...
  • July 31, 2017
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Ms Joe-anne Bendall, Ms Sharon Woods, Ms Kerrie Crossie, Ms Tracey Worthington, Ms Lynne Norring, Ms Georgina Rees 1Clinical Excellence Commission, Haymarket, Australia Health facilities that perform reprocessing (sterilization and disinfection of reusable medical devices) that are undergoing accreditation require...
  • July 31, 2017
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