|Title:||Sterilisation of Pharmaceuticals in Sterile Supply Departments and Theatres|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1880/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 2 December 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Caution to hospitals in regard to the possible requirement to obtain sterile pharmaceuticals.|
|Applicable to:||All public and private hospitals|
|Period of effect:||from 1 November 2004 to 1 November 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Shirley Bowen, Director, Communicable Disease Control, 30-Nov-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Sterilisation of Pharmaceuticals in Sterile Supply Departments and Theatres
Pharmaceuticals shall not be sterilised in Sterile Supply Departments and Theatres.
This applies to the surface sterilisations of injectable vials and ampoules or oils, powders or other formulations by either using an autoclave or soaking vials or ampoules in an alcoholic, antiseptic or disinfectant solution. All pharmaceuticals should be obtained from the pharmacy or purchased directly from a wholesaler/manufacturer.
The processing of pharmaceuticals in Sterile Supply Departments and Theatres may lead to an unacceptable risk to the patient due to either a deterioration in the quality of the pharmaceutical or a false perception that the surface is sterile.
Dr Shirley Bowen
This circular last updated: Thursday, 2 December 2004 at 12:00am