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Central Service - Issue 4/2011

Central Service - Issue 4/2011

Central Service - Issue 4/2011


  • What's New in Standardisation: Regulation of European Standardization
  • 2011 IAHCSMM Annual Meeting Roundup
  • Report from the IAHCSMM Congress in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 9th Ulm Symposium on Hospital Infections
  • VAH List of Disinfectants online
  • 7th Congress of the Austrian Society for Sterile Supply (ÖGSV)
  • Endoscopy training: «Anything not documented does not exist» Bad Bramstedt, 4 May 2011


F. Cavin*, E. Chassot, M. Giaquinto:
Setting up checks for rigid optics and light cables in a central sterile supply department

The purpose of this work was to set up realistic checks for rigid optics and light cables. For the optics, four checks were set up: manual detection of irregularities on the stalk, image clarity, the connection system and lens integrity using a special magnifying glass with variable focal length. For the light cables, the checks made with a luxmeter allowed losses of light transmission capacity to be measured. These measures brought to light the need for systematic pretreatment before reprocessing in a washer-disinfector and provided for validation of the cleaning process. The use of the luxmeter was also beneficial for training staff and for raising staff awareness, but it was not possible to routinely put it in place, as the set-up procedure was too time consuming.

S. Ries:
Process innovation for surgical loaned instruments - a benchmarking-based concept for a university hospital1 (Part 1)

In view of the increasingly greater challenges posed by the use of loaned instruments in the hospital studied (designated below as the «study hospital»), a decision was taken to optimise the loaned instruments' process. To elucidate the current state, an in-depth analysis of the prevailing situation was carried out and the processes, including the problems encountered in the various areas, were described. The main problem areas were as follows: poor communication, no clear definition of persons, places or duties as well as an inadequately designed form for recording the loaned instruments. There were also problems as regards compliance with the different legal acts and standards.
For the purpose of comparison, three benchmarking partners were recruited. Discussions permitted a number of interesting insights and ideas that, in addition to internal improvement proposals, were incorporated into the concept for optimisation of the loaned instruments' process.
By consulting the description of the new process and the compiled flow charts, each surgeon/physician, operating room (OR) staff member, purchasing officer and CSSD staff member responsible in each case can now get a transparent and well-structured overview of the entire process.


P. Heeg:


Recommendations by the «Quality Task Group»: Reprocessing ophthalmologic medical devices (Part 2)

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