October 14th 2010
A renovated Central Sterilization Unit was inaugurated in the University Hospital Ostrava on Friday, 24 September, 2010. The set of devices at the Central Sterilization Unit of the University Hospital Ostrava is the largest one installed in the Czech Republic in the past 10 years; BMT has participated in the implementation as well. The renovation cost reached nearly EUR 2,6 million. The Unit takes pride in being placed first several times.
The University Hospital providing such a wide spectrum of services was the first in the Czech Republic to get the international JCI quality certificate in 2010. The certificate has been awarded on the basis of an accreditation audit performed by the Joint Commission International (JCI) which checked the quality and safety of services provided and assessed the compliance of hospital procedures with the requirements of the JCI international accreditation standards.
The Central Sterilization Unit is the first in the Czech Republic to have a computer-controlled system of central chemicals dosing supplied by BMT (Dr. Weigert) for the whole washing system of medical devices. The central dosing system provides for special washing and disinfecting products supply to all washing systems used for disinfection and mechanical cleaning of medical devices. The operation performed by the Central Sterilization Unit employees by now has thus been fully automated.
The Central Sterilization Unit is the first in the Czech Republic to have two large-capacity washers of transport, sterilization, and decontamination containers by Míele. One of them is used for decontamination of transport containers washed and disinfected manually by now by the employees. At present, the containers that should protect material from contamination are washed and thermally disinfected in the washer. Perfectly decontaminated containers go out from the washer into a sterile zone where the sterile material is loaded and then transported within the whole hospital. The second washer is used for disinfection and mechanical cleaning of the sterilization and decontamination containers.
All the Central Sterilization Unit devices are connected to DP 3.5 CZ and Medix information systems that monitor in detail the whole procedure of surgical instruments and medical devices circulation within the hospital, i.e. about 40 wards. The systems are intended mainly for the surgical theatres and central sterilization rooms. It is a unique comprehensive product able to solve all standard operations necessary for efficient control. Use of the systems allows the sterilization employees to evaluate the correctness of the sterilization procedure and readiness of the material to leave the Unit. In addition to it, the system monitors the circulation of each surgical set and/or each surgical instrument from 24 surgical theatres. This is an important step within the quality assurance of the hospital care because you get an accurate record of who handled each given instrument, who and how performed the sterilization, and when and how many times the instrument was sterilized. Thanks to it, life of the individual sets can be analyzed and financial advantages of purchase from the individual suppliers can be assessed.
With its 3,000 employees and 24 operating theatres, the University Hospital Ostrava employs 42 nurses, care assistants and attendants in the non-stop operating Central Sterilization Unit due to the great number of instruments and medical devices that undergo the sterilization procedure. During the first eight months of 2010, no less than 23,338 surgical instrumentation sets and 362,292 individual medical devices were sterilized there. At present, 10 automatic washers and 6 STERIVAP steam sterilizers have been installed at the Central Sterilization Unit. One plasma sterilizer and one ethylen oxide sterilizer have also been supplied there for low-temperature sterilization. From the logistics point of view, the instruments are supplied from twelve setting worksites that prepare the material for sterilization. A fully automated chemicals dosing system for the automated washing and disinfecting machines has also been supplied by Dr. Weigert. All devices are connected fully to LAN and their function is monitored on-line by means of software applications DP 3.5 CZ and Medix, both by 40 competent worksites within the hospital and by the individual suppliers’ service centres (BMT, Míele, Johnson, and 3M).
We thus believe that the several years lasting visions and wishes to implement such a great project with the BMT devices has become a pleasant fact providing BMT with the opportunity to benefit mainly from positive references to other potential customers not only in the Czech Republic but all over the world.