[QUOTE=stevierae]I must confess I am not familiar with a Sterad. Is it a washer sanitizer, with racks, like <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=a%20dishwasher" onmouseover="window.status='a dishwasher'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">a dishwasher</a>? Is it something that would normally be kept in Central Sterile Processing (that is, the part of CSR where they wash, decontaminate and sterilize instruments?) Is it for sterilization of items that we used to gas sterilize with ETO? Or is it a unit that is kept in the OR, as a Steris is?
Stevie: Right, a Sterrad (still not sure of spelling) in our hospital replaced our Eto gas sterilizer. It's MUCH safer, and faster than the Eto. No more airing instruments out after gassing, staff does not need to leave when you open the door, etc. The Sterrad is in sterile processing just like the other units. Everything is washed, decontam., etc the wrapped and run. You are right however, that the stuff needs to be bone dry before going in. As I said in our hospital we have enough duplication in most things that we are ok. We will do a laparoscopy, while doing #2, the #1 scope is going thru the Sterrad, and by the time we are ready for pt #3, scope #1 is done and ready to go. The run time is about an hour. Our Steris is in our center hall, and treated more like a flash-er. Run time around 30 min plus or minus.
Lindaloo.....Exactly the argument we used with our administration. How can you use a sterile scope on the first pt, and a clean one on the rest. Try offering your CEO a scope "on the house"......oh by the way.....you're the last case of the day.
I was just reading where a hospital, I think, in Pittsburgh was testing dozens of pts for HIV due to improper scope processing.
With the smaller, more flexible scopes we are using now-a-days, we can't be too careful!!!!!