312 - surgical instrument decontamination chemicals

Request Details:

Date Submitted: 30/08/2022

1. Which supplier currently provides your surgical instrument decontamination chemicals for the Trust? All surgical instruments are reprocessed off-site.
2. With regards to surgical instrument decontamination in the Trust’s Sterile Service Department (s), what percentage of instruments require rewashing? 0.01%.
3. What is the cost of rewashing surgical instruments for the Trust in terms of time and resource? Turnaround time is 12-24hrs, not sure of resources as reprocessing is carried out offsite.
4. How often does contamination of surgical instruments interfere with or prevent a surgery from taking place? It is very rare as we have a robust policy in place to check surgical instruments integrity.

Last updated: September 2022