|Title:||Bench top sterilisers in rural hospitals and nursing posts|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2009/05|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 8 December 2005|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||This Operational Circular is to advise staff in rural hospitals and nursing posts of limitations on the use of bench top sterilisers.|
|Period of effect:||from 8 December 2005|
|Authorised by:||Dr Gary Dowse, Acting Director, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, 04-Dec-2005|
|Print version:||View print version|
Bench top sterilisers in rural hospitals and nursing posts
This Operational Circular is designed to advise Department of Health staff on Departmental policies and procedures.
A review of sterilising facilities and services in public non-teaching hospitals led to the development of a statewide strategic upgrade program to enable health care services to comply with the requirements of State and national standards for sterile supply activities.
Following recent discussions with medical practitioners associated with rural health service delivery, it is agreed that:
All sterilisers, including bench top sterilisers, should be installed in a clean area as described in AS/NZS 4187:2003 and AS 2182:1998 and shall only be operated by staff who have received appropriate training in sterilising technology.
The above is considered appropriate risk management given that most bench top sterilisers are not sited in areas suitable for sterile supply processing.
An appropriate level of training for operation of bench top sterilisers is essential. For information on courses available please contact Royal Perth Hospital on 9224 2678.
All items for sterilising must be packed and processed as per the Standards for the Operation of Sterile Supply Services in Health Care Facilities OP 0887/97 and Australian Standards AS/NZS 4187:2003 and AS 2182:1998.
Health service sterilising facilities and services must be in compliance with Department standards and any variation in the requirements can only be determined after consultation between Health Service Management, the Medical Advisory Committee of the Health Care Facility and Nursing staff associated with the use of the equipment.
Dr Gary Dowse
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This circular last updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005 at 2:57pm