The report, the staff in theater and sterile services sectors surveyed raises serious concerns about the quality of medical instrument decontamination, the ability to know if a device is lost, and calls for better tracking systems in the name of patient safety. – According to the survey:.. Respondents said theylls for action after revealing Patient Association Report-findings from a patient Association survey about the persecution of medical equipment in the UK hospitals and the consequences for the safety of patients already published Patient Safety at Risk from contaminated medical devices put week should not be ignored, warned GS1 UK, the British authorities for cross-industry supply chain standards, key health care decision makers today.

.. The 2004 report ‘Tracking Medical Devices and the implications for patient safety ‘was carried out with the support of GS1 UK. The report is a collaboration between the patient Association, the Institute of Decontamination Sciences , the Infection Control Nurses Association and the National Association of Theatre Nurses . From the responses from the responses of 125 members IDSC, ICNA and NATN in December 2004.

– 24 % of respondents decontaminated from theater departments are not confident that the medical equipment in the theater proper use – in the sterile level of concern regarding the decontamination of equipment was lower at 10 %.