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Re: Coloured ID tape on surgical instruments

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Hi Carol,
There are a few tapes TGA listed “Surgical instrument track identification tape on the ARTG.
Research has shown that the under layers are sterilised in normal cycles.

Dental practices have been advised that silicon rings have been shown to be ok as far as sterilising under the rings. (ADA guidelines for infection Control 2021)

kind regards
Glenda Farmer
Infection Control Director
Smartdentist Pty Ltd

> On 22 Sep 2021, at 10:47 am, Ellis, Andrew (Health) wrote:
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> Hi Carol,
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> AS/NZS4187:2014 A2.4.3.1 is the current reference to this:
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> Colour-coded identification systems, including coloured instrument tape, silicon rings,
> adhesive labels, can detach from a RMD during surgery, thereby compromising patient
> safety. In addition, microorganisms can become trapped beneath the adhesive layer of these
> systems, thereby compromising the ability of the RMD to be reprocessed effectively.
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> Even if you take off tape that has been on an instrument for a long time, the surface beneath rarely recovers and tends to be physically compromised.
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> Regards,
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> Andrew Ellis
> Sterilising and Reusable Medical Device Reprocessing State Coordinator
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> From: ACIPC Infexion Connexion <ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU > On Behalf Of Ken Chapman
> Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2021 7:47 AM
> To: ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU
> Subject: Re: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] Coloured ID tape on surgical instruments
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> Hi Carol
> Coloured id tape poses 2 key issues
> the tape itself and adhesive compromise cleaning and can provide a surface for colonisation
> the tape, certainly use to, became brittle post repeated sterilization. I have seen firsthand, many years ago, brittle tape flushed from a bladder.
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> While I understand that a highly visible marking system can appear attractive especially to keep sets together, there are much better instrument marking systems available.
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> Kind regards
> Ken Chapman
> Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Coordinator
> Cabrini Health
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> From: ACIPC Infexion Connexion <ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU > on behalf of Michael Wishart <Michael.Wishart@SVHA.ORG.AU >
> Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2021 7:58 AM
> To: ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU <ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU >
> Subject: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] Coloured ID tape on surgical instruments
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> [Posted on behalf of member Moderator]
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> Dear Brains Trust
> I recall years ago that AS/NZS4187:1995 didnt recommend the use of coloured tape to identify instruments.
> Does this still hold true? Is there a document I can refer to?
> Cheers
> Carol
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> Carol Bradley
> Bradley Infection Prevention and Control Services
> Infection Preventionist in Veterinary Practice
> Melbourne, Australia
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