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Standard 3.15.3 Western Hospital's CSSD Sterile Stock Store Audit Objective: check integrity of sterile stock store

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  • Audit prepared from: NSQHS Standard 3.15.3 AS/NZS 4187:2014 Qld Health "Storage design for sterile and non-sterile stock for new and refurbished healthcare facilities"

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  • Access to the storage area restricted to individuals that have been trained and deemed competent in the handling of sterilised RMD's

  • Commercially prepared sterile stock is removed from outer store/transportation packaging before being brought into the sterile stock storage area

  • Cardboard boxes (apart from commercial dispenser boxes) are not used for sterile stock storage

  • Commercial dispenser boxes are not topped up or reused

  • Shelving is manufactured from non-shedding material, easily cleanable and with smooth surface that will not damage packaging

  • Shelving system does not allow sterile stock to come into contact with walls

  • Shelving system is flexible (not fixed) to facilitate product changes - adjustable shelving

  • Sterile stock storage area not used as a shared equipment storage space (e.g. Wheelchairs etc)

  • Walls, floors and work surfaces are non-porous, smooth, and capable of being easily cleaned

  • The relative humidity is within 35% to 70%

  • The temperature within the storage area is between 18 degrees and 25 degrees

  • Storage area is free from dust, insects and vermin

  • Designated storage shelving, containers, trolleys and cupboards are clean, dry and in good condition

  • Items are stored above floor level (at least 250mm) and at least 440mm below ceiling fixtures

  • Sterile items are protected from sunlight

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