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Recognize process risks – act preventively

Correctly assess legal risks in the sterile goods reprocessing process

Identify process risks

Topic block 7: Regulations and prevention

Target group:
Works councils, hygiene officers and hygiene staff

Seminar Objective:

Identification of process risks in the sterile processing chain for the installation of preventive measures in the occupational health and safety regulations, the operating procedures and the prevention of nosocomial infections (NI) and the spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens (MRE).
infections (NI) and the spread of multi-resistant pathogens (MRE) through consistent risk management in the sterile processing chain.

According to the Works Constitution Act (BetrVG), the works council has special responsibilities in occupational health and safety, which are implemented in operating instructions, occupational health and safety regulations and, if necessary, company agreements.
By regularly monitoring compliance with the installed protective measures and checking their effectiveness, the works council learns at an early stage of any shortcomings in operational processes.

The central objective in hospitals is to reduce nosocomial infections and prevent the spread of multi-resistant pathogens to the unavoidable minimum by consistently and sustainably implementing infection protection and hygiene quality.
In particular, the increased requirements for structural and process quality, more comprehensive planning and documentation obligations for hospitals, cross-sector infection prevention, stricter reporting obligations and monitoring by the public health service mean that tasks for hygiene managers in hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly complex.

Knowledge of process risks in the sterile processing chain enables the derivation of strategies and individual measures for the prevention of NI and the spread of MRE.

Therefore, the works council as well as those responsible for hygiene in hospitals have an important function in the implementation of measures to ensure patient safety by minimizing potential hazards and process risks in sterile processing.

Using practical examples, our speaker Ralf Kurzrock will work with you to determine how workflows in the sterile processing chain can be designed safely and which protective measures can be derived from them. Quality criteria for assessing the existing hygiene measures will be defined and recommendations for action for integration into the existing occupational health and safety measures, operating regulations and finally into the operating procedures of the sterile goods reprocessing process as well as the hygiene process will be shown.