Infection Control at the Diagnostic Endoscopy Centre
At the DEC infection control is taken very seriously, to ensure both patient and staff safety, and prevention of hospital acquired infections.
We are governed by both GESA (Gastroenterology Society of Australia) infection control policy and standards (further information at http://www.gesa.org.au/index.cfm/resources/clinical-guidelines-and-updates/endoscopy-infection-control/) and GENCA (Gastroenterology Nurses College of Australia) Guidelines. We follow the National Standards for sterilisation and reprocessing for Australia and New Zealand (AS4187:2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations).
To ensure compliance, staff are regularly trained and audited. All staff that are involved in the reprocessing and sterilisation of instruments, annually undergo online education and training for GENCA reprocessing course.
Two staff members attend the GENCA reprocessing course annually. All endoscopes are tested quarterly. This provides evidence that our systems function effectively to ensure safety and prevent cross contamination.
Where possible we use “single use/disposable” equipment.
We have an Infection Control Committee, which meets quarterly to discuss potential risks, review audit outcomes and report to other committees as required.
All linen is processed through the St Vincent’s Health Australia Environmental Services and cleaned according to the Australian Standard (AS4187:2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations), and meets basic requirements for linen/OH&S and Infection Prevention (AS3789:1997 Textiles for health care and institutions). Our clinical staff wear scrubs that are provided by the linen service.
All staff members with a clinical role are immunised against Hepatitis B &C, Varicella, Measles/Mumps/Rubella and Tuberculosis. This is under direct advisory from The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care. Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare 2010 (further information at https://nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-guidelines-prevention-and-control-infection-healthcare-2010).
At the DEC we pride ourselves on achieving the highest infection control standards possible and encourage all staff, patients and visitors to contribute to this.