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Storage of sterilised instruments

1 year 9 months ago - 1 year 9 months ago #9063 by unflappable
Reprocess after one day if kept unbagged in the surgery.

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1 year 9 months ago #9057 by unflappable
Pouching not compulsory.
Sterilised instruments may stored appropriately (outside the surgeries + covered) for a maximum of 1 week before they need to be re-autoclaved.

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1 year 9 months ago #9055 by DavidWatkins
Hi all,

I'm just after some feedback from others. How do you store your sterilised instruments? At the moment, we bag all of our instruments and stamp the back with today's date and an expiry date. I have worked in practices that store all of their sterilised instruments in plastic storage containers, unbagged, in the Decontamination Room. Each nurse is responsible for collecting their instruments at the start of each session and they keep them in clean boxes.

As confusing as it sounds, it worked really well and saved on the over use of sterilisation pouches. I have thought about implementing it at my current practice but cannot find anything in the HTM that says it is acceptable to do. I can see that trays can be used etc.

Any help would be great!

David

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