Perioperative Nursing Australia

Staff privileges and security in surgical instrument tracking systems

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Jun-2016 10:28:56 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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Staff privileges and system security are two common features of surgical instrument tracking systems that we are often asked about.

Hourly rates or process costing information, for example, is usually considered confidential and for this reason CSSD and theatre managers need to be able to regulate who can and who cannot access this level of detail.

Network IT adminstrators too, have an interest in this topic as they need to ascertain the level of security provided by the tracking application.

My experience is that the needs of clinical managers and those of network IT administrators don’t always align. Individual stakeholder requirements warrant careful consideration to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes for all concerned.

This post discusses how to navigate the area of staff privileges and security to meet and satisfy all stakeholders' needs. 

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How to prepare for AS4187 product families compliance deadline

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Jun-2016 07:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in AS/NZS4187

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With the deadline for implementation of AS4187 2014 coming up fast, I thought that it may be worthwhile to take another look at product families.

There seems to be a lot of interest in AS4187 and product families and my blog of August 2015 is by far our most read page on our website. The helpful categorisation guide gets downloaded several times each week.

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NSQHS Mandatory Compliance for Dental Infection control systems

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Jun-2016 10:12:20 / by Michael Stanton

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In January 2013, the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) came into effect requiring mandatory compliance for all public and private hospital and day surgeries and the majority of public dental practices.

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What are the minimum label requirements under AS4187?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-May-2016 10:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Assets, AS/NZS4187

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Re-usable Medical Devices must, in accordance with AS4187 2014, be labelled prior to sterilisation. The label must identify the contents and provide information for batch control. 

But while the standard's requirements are critical, there are also a number of other requirements such as OH&S that may affect the way you label your RMD’s.

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Infection control in body art and piercing clinics. What you need to know.

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Apr-2016 09:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards

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Body art and personal appearances services are a fast growing industry and we are experiencing increased downloads of our eBook on surgical instrument tracking by owners and managers of body piercing clinics and body art studios. So I want to bring these types of businesses and services into the discussion on infection control and sterilizing standards. Particularly the use of re-usable devices used for skin penetration.

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How much does an automated surgical instrument tracking system cost?

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-Apr-2016 13:24:48 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, AS/NZS4187

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The price of a surgical instrument tracking system is an important consideration if you are considering moving to an automated solution. In order to put together a business case, you will, besides the cost, also need to know the difference between the various offerings and what you can expect to be included in each system.

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Setting up a surgical asset tracking system in a confined space

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Apr-2016 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, Surgical Instruments, AS/NZS4187

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dental_surgery.jpegComplying with Australian standards AS4187 or AS4815 can be a difficult task for any health care facility, but for office based health care facilities, physical space limitations can make it even more difficult. Finding space to wash, wrap and sterilize surgical instruments can be tricky for the smaller facilities and bench space is typically limited so finding space to put things can be a challenge.

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Here is your ultimate guide to AS2828.1 categories and colour codes

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Mar-2016 07:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, standards

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AS2828.1 is a standard that specifies the requirements for the physical aspects of health records. It covers size, quality, layout, and colour. The objective of the standard is to improve the quality of health care by facilitating communication between healthcare professionals. Standardisation of medical record across health care facilities can help achieve this.

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CSSD Managers: To integrate or not? Steriliser and washer equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Mar-2016 06:00:00 / by Michael Stanton

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 Many healthcare operators today view integration of sterilizer and washer machine as essential or so it seems given how frequently Medical Practice Managers and CSSD Managers ask me questions on this topic. But is the really the "must have" that many of us think it is?

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Quick Guide to assembling a dental tray  [AS4187 product families]

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Mar-2016 15:23:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in AS/NZS4187

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The latest version of AS/NZS 4187 released on the 15th December 2014  brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. One of the most significant changes is the standards reference to Product Families.

In my blog "Here's how to make sense of the AS4187 categorisation of instrument product families", I provided an overview of ISO/TS 17665-3:2013 - Sterilization of health care products - Moist heat - Part 3: Guidance on the designation of a medical device to a product family and processing category for steam sterilization.

In today's post I will get into the specifics of how to apply the standard to a dental assessment tray.

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