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Re: ‘Sterile stock’ storage??

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Lesley Alway
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Michael , Totally agree this is an interpretation- issue are principle
around storage of at risk sterile stock so if the room meets the higher
requirement for Sterile stock storage, commercial sterile stock should be
in this area in principle

Consumable stock can be stored in this room, and perhaps separated for
convenience not IFC reasons

Regards

Lesley Alway

Director

Strategic Health Resources.

Post Graduate Education Services.

0408 324 727

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lesley.alway@strategichealth.com.au

Director Australian Health Design Council

*From:* ACIPC Infexion Connexion *On Behalf
Of *Michael
Wishart
*Sent:* Wednesday, 22 September 2021 3:31 PM
*To:* ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU
*Subject:* Re: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] ‘Sterile stock’ storage??

Thanks Sally

That document is exactly what we are talking about, but nobody can show me
where in AS4187 or the current NHMRC guidelines it says commercially
sterilised stock cannot be on the same shelf as non-sterile stock.
Obviously we dont store sterile items on a shelf (or even in a room!) with
food products (or cleaning products), but there is no real risk in storing
a sterile disposable item like a disposable urinary catheter (that is
appropriately packaged) on a shelf with non-sterile gauze swabs that is
also appropriately packaged.

Maybe my issue is I havent fully outlined why we are commutable with this
as a full risk assessment, although to me it is common sense. I spent way
more time on ensuring we are compliant with the storage of sterile RMDs
and the water testing requirements parts of this document!

Cheers

Michael

*Michael Wishart *| Infection Control Coordinator, CICP-E

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*From:* ACIPC Infexion Connexion *On Behalf Of *Sally
Holmes
*Sent:* Wednesday, 22 September 2021 3:10 PM
*To:* ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU
*Subject:* Re: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] ‘Sterile stock’ storage??

Michael,

See the Advisory above re segregation of sterile & non sterile stock from
the CEC. You have until DEC 2 to comply fully after risk assessment &
review .

Good luck

Sally

*Sally Holmes*

Quality Manager and Infection Control & Prevention Coordinator

*Lakeview Private Hospital*|17-19 Solent Circuit Norwest NSW 2153

http://www.lakeviewprivate.com.au

*From:* ACIPC Infexion Connexion *On Behalf Of *Glenys
Harrington
*Sent:* Wednesday, 22 September 2021 1:49 PM
*To:* ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU
*Subject:* Re: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] ‘Sterile stock’ storage??

Can you tells us a bit more?

What area was the storage room/area in?

What was the sterile and non-sterile stock?

Regards

Glenys

Glenys Harrington

Consultant

Infection Control Consultancy (ICC)

P.O. Box 6385

Melbourne

Australia, 3004

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E: infexion@ozemail.com.au

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*From:* ACIPC Infexion Connexion *On Behalf
Of *Michael
Wishart
*Sent:* Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:59 PM
*To:* ACIPCLIST@ACIPC.ORG.AU
*Subject:* [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] ‘Sterile stock’ storage??

Ive just had my mind blown by an auditor who tells me I cannot store any
sterile stock on a shelf with non-sterile stock. I reply by saying that
no sterile RMDs are stored on shelves with non-sterile stock, and they say,
no ANYTHING that comes sterile should not be on the same shelf with
something non-sterile.

Have I missed something? I have always understand that the very specific
storage requirements for RMDs did not apply to most commercially sterilised
single use items. Sure, there are commercially sterilised disposables that
have very specific storage requirements, but the majority of high volume
disposable sterile goods can be safely stored on a shelf with non-sterile
stock in an appropriately air-conditioned storage room. AS4187 does not
cover storage of non-RMDs, correct?

Can someone either tell me I am wrong, and I missed this big time, or that
I did not miss anything, and the auditor is incorrect. Or some variation of
these.

Help?

Thanks

Michael

*Michael Wishart *| Infection Control Coordinator, CICP-E

St Vincents Private Hospital Northside | 627 Rode Road CHERMSIDE QLD 4032

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St Vincents Private Hospital Brisbane | 411 Main Street KANGAROO POINT QLD
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