The much anticipated and long awaited AS/NZ 4187:2014 – Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organizations was finally released late in 2014. The updated standard superseded AZ/NZS 4187:2003 and was amended in May 2019.
The Standard’s over-arching objective is to ensure that Reusable Medical Devices (RMDs) are adequately cleaned, disinfected and/or sterilised by Health Service Organisations (HSOs) during reprocessing to protect patient health.
The 2019 amendment to the Standard details a pathway to compliance that must be adhered to. The first milestone is a gap analysis of compliance to AS/NZS 4187 Amd 2:2019, including baseline water quality testing, and must be completed by June 30, 2021. The second milestone is a documented implementation plan for achieving compliance to the Standard, and this is due for completion by December 31, 2021. The third and final milestone is full compliance to AS/NZS 4187 Amd 2:2019 which must be achieved by December 31, 2022.
HydroChem are helping their clients meet their water quality testing requirements for baseline sampling, ongoing monitoring, and resampling after remedial actions as outlined in their implementation plan. This includes final rinse water for manual and washer disinfectors, and feed water to steam sterilisers.
The HydroChem compliant sampling service includes:
- Sample collection equipment, materials, and bottles, with compliant PPE
- Aseptic sample collection and transportation
- Accurate chain of custody
- NATA accredited testing
- Specific testing for atypical Mycobacterium
- Immediate out-of-specification alerts
- Laboratory report
Our proactive and responsive approach within the 24/7 health service environment is highly valued by our clients. We provide water disinfection services for Legionella and pathogen control to over 700 health facilities across Australia, from major tertiary hospitals to private aged care homes.
We are proud of our ability to meet the stringent key performance measures and documentation standards required for compliance in high-risk health environments.
Download our AS/NZS 4187 brochure here.