Featured in the ADSNA Journal 2018
With the release of the AS/NZS 4187:2014 standard, Australian day surgeries and hospitals will be required to comply with a range of new requirements for processing reusable medical devices (RMD’s) by December 2021. A particular point of interest is Section 7.2.3 and Table 7.2 – Water Quality Used for Processing RMDs. This section states that water supplied to the reprocessing facility, such as a Central Sterile Supply Department, shall be of a suitable quality for its intended purpose1.
Essentially, to achieve the water quality specified in Table 7.2 the local water supply needs to be treated through a water purification system. Reverse osmosis filters are extremely efficient and effective for the removal of microorganisms and most residual chemicals from water2. In addition to variables such as cost effectiveness, ease of installation, functionality, and footprint, reverse osmosis is by far the most ideal water purification method.
However, what factors does a health facility need to consider before making a decision on the best way to comply with these requirements?