Sterilisation Services

Sterilisation Services

1, Is the core instrument sterilisation service

A) Run in house
B) Onsite
C) Out sourced to a separate trust
D) Outsourced to a private company – but performed in house

2, How many instruments have been processed by the sterile services facility mentioned in question one.

A) In 2014 (or that financial year) – 3,964,248
B) In 2015 (or that financial year) – 3,744,794
C) How many surgical instruments are anticipated to require sterilising in 2016? – 3,150,00

3, How much has the trust spent annually on sterilising surgical instruments for the following years?

A) Financial year 2013/14 – £1,127,222
B) Financial year 2014/15 – £1,193,398
C) How much has been budgeted or anticipated to be spent for the Financial year 2015/2016 – £965,112

4, How many staff are employed by the sterile service facility mention in question on, for the purposes of instrument sterilisation only, (i.e. exclude porters)

A) Management/admin – 2/1
B) Team Leaders, supervisors, technicians – 3/3/19.7 – all FTE

5, Does the trust provide decontamination and sterilisation services for re-usable surgical instruments to other customers who are not part of the trust? If so who?
Southern Health
Virgin Care
Your Healthcare
First Community Health
St Georges NHS Trust
Royal Marsden NHS Trust

6, In relation to surgical cancellations due to sterilisation failures.

A) How many operations were cancelled in 2014 due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment? The recording of this information is coded generically as ‘equipment failure/ unavailability’ which covers a variety of circumstances. In order to extrapolate figures for operation cancellations specifically due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment would require manual checking of healthcare records under the appropriate code. The cost of compliance would, therefore, exceed the appropriate limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.
B) How many operations have been cancelled in 2015 due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment The recording of this information is coded generically as ‘equipment failure/ unavailability’ which covers a variety of circumstances. In order to extrapolate figures for operation cancellations specifically due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment would require manual checking of healthcare records under the appropriate code. The cost of compliance would, therefore, exceed the appropriate limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

7, What where the costs associated with these cancellations

A) 2014 – Unable to provide costs – see above response to question 6A).
B) 2015 – Unable to provide costs – see above response to question 6B).

8, Of the instruments sterilised, approximately how many would be from dental/oral departments?

A) In 2014 (or that financial year) 132,773
B) In 2015 (or that financial year) 135,470

9, Does the trust use single use instruments? Yes, the Trust uses a combination of single use and reusable instrumentation across all surgical specialties.

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