The Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) at the Royal Hospital, which has been tasked with cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation of medical equipment and supplies provided to all departments of the hospital, has been performing an excellent job over the past few months while meeting targets and deadlines to support COVID-19 related work.
The CSSD’s operations include cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation of reusable medical equipment, and stores where the sterile supplies, either tools or textiles, are stored to be provided to all the hospital’s departments. The department is equipped with the state-of-the-art devices and equipment of international standards and specifications, applying continued follow-up and maintenance.
The CSSD consists of a fully-fledged team specialised in sterilisation and its updates to deliver quality work of high efficiency, and who deploy international preventive and precautionary procedures of infection transmission.
Sterilisation is the process of destroying all living organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses including the germinated spores stuck on the surfaces of objects.
To achieve a successful sterilisation process without complications resulting from functional inefficiencies, certain stages must be followed that are divided into five major areas including cleaning and decontamination, assembly, wrapping, sterilisation and storage.
All tools are treated as contaminated and contagious where they are placed in a cleaning device that functions according to international standards and contains disinfection solutions that weaken life of bacteria and microbes.
Assembling and inspection of all items are carried out to make sure they are clean and reusable, while wrapping of cleaned and decontaminated instruments with special covers labeled with chemical signs to confirm safety of sterilisation phase is also done.
The wrapped tools are put in the sterilisation device and steam is pumped continuously uninterrupted until the device reaches the required temperature, functioning till a specified period of time according to the chosen programme.
Once the wrapped tools are sterilised, their safety is ensured and then stored in the sterile materials store of certain structural specifications and under appropriate temperature and humidity.
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