New BHTA guide to Decontamination of Medical Devices and other Assistive Technology

This New BHTA guidance document provides general advice for staff dealing with medical devices returned from or delivered to: individual homes, NHS, Community Units and other Distribution Centres.

It is fundamental that standards are set in place to ensure the appropriate cleaning methods are used, due to a risk of cross infection from the reuse of medical devices issued, and that those devices, once reissued, present no risk to those using the device.

Risk can be minimised by some simple precautions. This document provides advice on the handling of devices to be returned following use, and we give guidance on the nature of decontamination required, as well as the generic methods to be used.

Putting safe systems in place to manage the decontamination of devices will contribute to meeting the requirements of the Department of Health and Social Care’s reduction of cross infection targets.

Decontamination of Medical Devices Guidance – How clean is clean? The aims of decontamination are to make reusable devices safe to be handled or used by:

Patients, carers, or other members of the public:

  • NHS and Community staff;
  • Maintenance staff;
  • Carriers and other transportation services; and
  • Supplier employees

Risk can be minimised by some simple precautions. This document provides advice on the handling of devices to be returned following use, and the BHTA gives guidance on the nature of decontamination required, as well as the generic methods to be used.

Putting safe systems in place to manage the decontamination of devices will contribute to meeting the requirements of the Department of Health’s reduction of cross infection targets.

The operation of this guidance will also promote safer working practices, and a safer working environment for all staff.

This guide was produced by the BHTA Decontamination & Infection Prevention Section.

Download your copy: http://bit.ly/2MtY8R7

 



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