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Jul 13

Reprocessing of reusable medical devices: Every time, every patient, every reusable device

Date & Time
13 July 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Multi- resistant organisms: the gift that keeps on giving

Date: Monday 13th July 2020
Time: 19.00 hrs AEST

18:30 hrs SA   |   19.00 hrs QLD   |   18.30 hrs NT   |   17.00 am WA

Event description

Correct, effective and safe reprocessing is essential to protect patients and staff. Every patient undergoing an invasive procedure, including surgery, expects that the instruments and environment will be clean and safe. Safe practices mean safe patient care.

Reprocessing RMDs is a complex process governed by standards and regulations, and perioperative nurses need to have an understanding of it and be able to assess the risks associated with reprocessing and caring for RMDs.

Despite the strong public policy environment each year hundreds if not more Australian surgical patients inadvertently receive surgical or procedural care with inadequately or improperly reprocessed reusable medical devices. The emotional, physical, financial and reputational tolls of these incidents are substantial. ACORN appreciates the needs and concerns of its members in relation to preventing these events and improving medical device reprocessing more generally. Along with its members ACORN strives for Australian perioperative excellence including safe and adequate reprocessing of reusable medical devices every time.

In 2018 ACORN convened a team of perioperative nurses to develop a new ACORN Reprocessing of reusable medical devices guideline. The overall purpose of that new 2020 guideline is to assist perioperative nurses to provide safe, high quality perioperative care to surgical patients. To learn more about the team's recommendations please join your perioperative colleagues for the next  in our series of the new 2020 ACORN Standards webinars for members – 'Reprocessing of reusable medical devices: Every time, every patient, every reusable device.''

This webinar will be presented by Julie Johnson, CNC-Infection Prevention, CNS-Perioperative, Yarrawonga Health author of the Reprocessing of reusable medical devices guideline included in the 2020 ACORN Standards.

This interactive session will:

  • provide an overview of the new Reprocessing of reusable medical devices guideline in the 16th edition of the ACORN Standards 
  • consider how this new guideline links to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards and other key public policies
  • detail the processes ACORN used to interrogate the evidence regarding reprocessing of reusable medical devices
  • discuss the key consensus recommendations and points for practice included in this new clinical guideline
  • outline ways in which this standard can be implemented by perioperative nurses 

Please register at this link.

Event Type
Webinar
Contact Details
Dr Cathryn Murphy
standards@acorn.org.au

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