effective hand hygiene and can put patients at risk of infection.

On the back of these statistics, and to coincide with World Hand Hygiene on 5 May 2019, The Royal College of Nursing is hosting a week of action to help raise awareness of when gloves should - and shouldn’t - be worn, and how to protect the skin on hands.

Corporate presentations

The first of two corporate presentations began with Damien Barrel and Stuart McGerty from Advanced Sterilization Products, who discussed the STERRAD ALLClear system – a low-temperature system that helps central sterile service departments sterilise and reprocess instruments for operating rooms quickly and consistently. The ALLClear technology uses proprietary algorithms in a bid to minimise interruptions and cycle cancellations, and to increase efficiency. This talk was followed by James Doherty, capital sales manager at Wassenburg Medical, who shared his insight into TOE probe decontamination and disinfection. The company, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a specialist in endoscope reprocessing products and its end-to-end solution includes pre-cleaning, washing and disinfection, drying and storage, transport and traceability.

Since its establishment, Wassenburg has grown exponentially. With headquarters in The Netherlands, sales offices in The UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany and an exclusive distributor network in Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, Wassenburg Medical is expanding its global footprint rapidly. Following these talks, Wayne Spencer from Spencer Nickson took to the podium. The company was formed by Wayne in 2005 and has established itself as a leader in the field of decontamination facilities and equipment consultancy. With a background

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as technical advisor to the Department of Health’s National Decontamination Project at both a national and regional level, Wayne was technical author of the guidance on healthcare laundry for the National Health Service, HTM 01-04 and advises hospitals and organisations on all aspect of decontamination of medical devices. Wayne is also a member of the British Standards working group which inputs into decontamination ISO and EN guidance and the convenor of ISO TC198 Working Group 12 which is responsible for revision to ISO17664. He therefore has the opportunity to comment and influence forthcoming International and European standards. As an editor for the German based Central Sterilization magazine and past chairman of the Central Sterilising Club he also has good working relationships with others in the field in both Europe and the UK. Wayne recently authored the decontamination chapter for the Manual of Perioperative Care.

A no deal Brexit?

The final speaker was Fiona Kennedy from Applied Management Systems. A freelance management consultant, working predominantly in the area of decontamination in the healthcare and medical devices sector, Fiona has conducted audits for a number of notified bodies and has a background in hospital and sterile services management. Her talk focused not only on the Medical

Devices Regulations, but also on the impact of a no deal Brexit. She explained: “If this happens, the MHRA will take on responsibility for the UK market, and this scenario would mean UK based Notified Bodies would no longer be able to assess the conformity of medical devices to receive the CE mark and enter the EU market. “In the event of a no deal Brexit, the

MHRA’s position is that certificates issued by UK Notified Bodies prior to the UK’s departure from the EU will continue to be

valid for the UK market for a grace period. The UK notified bodies will continue to oversee those devices and manufacturers to ensure ongoing compliance. “But what about the issue of new

certificates after that date – for UK based manufacturers only seeking to supply to the UK market?”

Central Sterilising Club chair, Val O’Brien closed the event by praising the committee and corporate presentations. With yet another successful event, Val thanked delegates and speakers, and announced that the next study day will take place on 30 and 31 March 2020.

The Central

Sterilising Club The Central Sterilising Club was founded in 1960 by a small group of enthusiastic individuals who were either working in the rapidly evolving central sterile supply departments, or were attempting to solve the many problems associated with developing rapid, safe methods for sterilising items in bulk.

Several successful national groups have emerged from the Club’s membership, including the Institute for Decontamination Sciences (IDSc and formally the ISSM), the Infection Prevention Society (IPS, formally ICNA) and the Healthcare Infection Society (formally Hospital Infection Society). Similar groups based on the CSC have been formed in other countries. The Club’s annual meeting is the only forum where members of all groups can meet, exchange ideas and solve mutual problems. The design of the meeting allows ample time for discussions in both formal sessions and in the less formal atmosphere for which the Club is noted.



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