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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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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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How to categorize a Cataract Tray for Ophthalmic Centres/Ophthamology

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Nov-2015 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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Surgical Instrument Product Families for Ophthalmologists


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

In a previous blog, 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.

Today I will get into the specifics of how to apply the standard to a Cataract Tray. Let's take a look at how to do that.

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AS4187 or 4185? Infection control standards for dental practitioners?

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Oct-2015 12:13:21 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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If you’re a member of the Dental Health community you’re probably aware that a lot has happened in the last 12 months. I am referring to infection control breaches that have happened
in New South Wales. Around the same time two documents were released that have the express purpose of preventing such issues.

 

They are:

  • AS4187 2014
  • The Australian Dental Association Guidelines for Infection Control Third Edition 2015.

Infection Control has become a hot topic and the Australian Dental Board's release of an open letter  dated 16th July 2015 reminding Dental Practitioners of their Infection control obligations under the National Law is testament to that.

With this blog, I will try to provide some guidance through the maze of standards and guidelines and provide dental practitioners with a list of relevant documentation for further reading.

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Learn how to ensure your ophthalmic centre complies with AS4187

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Sep-2015 06:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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On the 15th December last year, a new version of AS/NZS 4187 was released. The standard is complex and there is so much to understand. There are many requirements. So what can you do to ensure your ophthalmic centre is compliant?

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[AS/NZS4187 - 2014] Reprocessing flexible endoscopes: what's changed?

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Sep-2015 10:42:45 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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Previously I wrote about the new version  of AS/NZS 4187 (what it means for day surgeries and a reference table to AS4187 terminology for CDS Managers) which was released on the 15th December last year. It has brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. In this blog post I discuss the standard's application to the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.

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CDS Managers: Here's a quick reference table to AS/NZS4187 Terminology

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Sep-2015 16:02:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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The new version of AS/NZS4187 released on the 15th December last year, contains a number of differences in terminology to the previous version. The new standard also uses abbreviations.

This blog contains a list of the abbreviations and their meanings and looks at some of the important differences in terminology.

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Here's how to make sense of the AS4187 categorisation of instrument product families

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Aug-2015 14:37:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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The new version of AS4187 (AS/NZS 4187) released on the 15th December last year brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. One of the most significant changes is the standards reference to Product Families.

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Attention Day Surgery Clinics: is your surgery AS/NZS4187 compliant?

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Aug-2015 06:02:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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On the 15th December last year, a new version of AS/NZS 4187 was released. The standard is complex and there is so much to understand. So how do you know if your Day Surgery Clinic is compliant or not?

When it comes down to it, probably the only way to know for sure is have and keep the required documentation.

For an auditor, documentation of process and proof of process is everything. Say what you do and have proof that you're doing it. But in the case of AS4187, it's do what it says and have proof you’re doing it.

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