Sterequip CEO Dirk Bellinge explains how Sterequip’s unique service can save you time, money and help to mitigate compliance risk for your organisation.
THERE’S A BETTER WAY
Sterequip’s process is designed for maximum efficiency with procedures created for optimal sterilisation.
Simply order the required instrument trays 2 days before intended use
Sterequip delivers trays the next day, a day prior to use
Once the devices are used, simply pre-treat to remove gross soil and sharps
Replace the tray in a provided trolley ready for pick up
and stores ready for your next order
STEREQUIP IS YOUR STERILISATION PARTNER
Sterequip is the most reliable, cost effective way to meet the new standard.
A Sterequip managed sterilisation solution for reusable medical devices can be tailored to suit your needs. We analyse your cost per tray and work together to fully understand the unique needs of your health service.
Sterequip invests in a partnership with additional devices, so your surgical schedules are not impacted.
Our world-class sterilisation services support patient safety and ensure your health service meets AS/NZS 4187:2014.
We know that reprocessing reusable medical devices is a critical service, ensuring surgeons, clinicians and healthcare professionals can operate with confidence.
STEREQUIP’S MANAGED STERILISATION SOLUTION INCLUDES:
✔ Daily collection of your reusable medical devices.
✔ Best practice reprocessing of your devices at our state-of-the-art facilities.
✔ Provision of supplementary instruments on request.
✔ Timely return of your sterilised reusable medical devices.
✔ Inspection, repair and replacement of reusable medical devices as necessary.
THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF REUSABLE MEDICAL DEVICES
With Sterequip, Health Service Organisations no longer need to manage or invest in device repair, maintenance, replacement and future capital required for more Reusable Medical Devices as your organisation grows.
Sterequip staff are trained to ensure all devices are reprocessed correctly to meet the Standard and to the manufacturer’s specifications.
DESIGNED FOR CERTAINTY
Sterequip’s system design is based on unidirectional flow, ensuring your devices have are clearly separated from soiled, clean and restricted zones.
The three zones are separated exclusively by a pass-through process. The first pass-through is from de-contamination (red zones) to clean and pack (blue zones), via the washer-disinfectors, and the second pass-through is from clean and pack to sterile (green zone) via the sterilisers.
You can feel confident that our clean system is protected with airlocks that ensures restricted access and positive air pressure.
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Once used trolleys are delivered into the receival dock, they are checked and placed in the Soil Hold.
Inbound trolleys are held in this area prior to the next stage of reprocessing.
The containers and trolleys go through to the trolley washers for thermal disinfection.
Trays are placed onto washing racks and then passed into one of the automated washer disinfectors. Endoscopes are reprocessed through an automated endoscope reprocessor prior to undergoing a low-temperature sterilisation process.
Unloading of Washer Disinfectors
At the end of the washing/disinfecting cycles, via the pass-through system, trays and instruments are unloaded into the packing area.
Inspect & Pack
Trays are inspected and prepared for sterilisation. Any devices requiring repair, maintenance or replacement are removed and replacement devices are added. Instrument trays are loaded onto pass-through steriliser.
Once validated sterilisation cycle has completed, trays are unloaded from the sterilisers and moved onto conveyors ready for scanning and storage.
Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems
The Sterile Store has an Automated state of the art Storage and Retrieval System.
When required items are retrieved, they are moved into the Loading and Dispatch area where a technician loads them into the reprocessed trolley and seals it with a tamper tag.
Trolleys are moved into the Trolley Dispatch awaiting delivery.
Trolley Dispatch Airlock
The airlock at dispatch stops any airborne contamination and trucks are loaded with the clean trolleys ready for delivery.
Temperature Controlled Trucks
All trucks are temperature-controlled and fitted with humidity sensors. Trucks have segregation between clean and dirty trolleys.
24 hours Redundant Supply
Sterequip has full system redundancy with 24 hours on site water and gas supply, holding tanks, two Reverse Osmosis water treatment plants, two boilers and access for power generation.
EACH REPROCESSING SUPERCENTER IS EQUIPED WITH
With eight separate workstreams, Sterequip has ensured reliability and redundancy.
Automated washers disinfectors and sterilisers maximising machine efficiency.
Sterequip tracking of surgical devices provides complete documentation and traceability.
Reverse Osmosis hot supply system to ensure ultra-pure water throughout.
High efficiency HEPA filtration, ensuring monitored and correct air pressures whilst removing airborne impurities.
Automated Storage and Retrieval System to minimise handling and reduce picking errors.
Each centre has a 24-hour redundant water and gas supply with the provision for external power generation.
Fleet of temperature controlled and humidity monitored vehicles, designed to segregate used and clean transport trolleys.
HEALTH SERVICES LOOK TO SAVE WITH STEREQUIP
There are many benefits to partnering with Sterequip, but a major advantage is the cost saving.
We know from experience than running a compliant Central Sterile Services Department is expensive.
The main costs include installation of equipment, purchase of devices and the high ongoing costs for treated water, air filtration, electricity, consumables, staffing and staff education.
To meet the requirements of the new standard, nearly every health service will need to make significant adjustments to their Central Sterile Services Department.
SAVE THREE WAYS WITH STEREQUIP
No need to purchase and install new equipment & instrument traceability systems. Nor is there any need to invest in building or structural changes, new electrical and plumbing, reverse osmosis water and piping, or HEPA filtered air-conditioning and ventilation.
There’s no need to manage or invest in device repair, maintenance or replacement. Your frequently used devices are repaired and maintained to the manufacturer standard. In the event a device needs replacing, Sterequip invests in future devices as needed.
Sterequip prices its service based on the tray configuration and expected cycles per week. If your demand for instruments increases, you continue to pay the same low price per tray for reprocessing. This means no upfront capital for devices as you grow.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Sterequip’s service?
Sterequip provides an outsourced reprocessing solution for Reusable Medical Devices and Trays (Devices) that enables Health Service Organisations to be compliant to AS/NZS 4187 now and in the future.
Why does Sterequip have to buy new Devices?
The Sterequip process requires delivery and transport compared to the typical in-house CSSD, therefore in order for the Health Service Organisation to have Devices available when required, Sterequip invests in additional Devices to allow for the typical reprocessing cycle to not affect surgical schedules.
What if Sterequip is not ready by the 2023 deadline?
We will do everything we can to be compliant by the deadline, therefore we have released this EOI now. However, COVID-19 and build schedules may cause a delay that is out of our control. In this instance we are working with the Commission to gain leniency for HSOs who are working with us and are affected by these delays.
What if there is not enough interest for Sterequip to build?
This is why we’re sending out this EOI now. Sterequip has a plan to build in Brisbane and Sydney, but if there is not enough interest in our services now, these builds may extend past the December 2023 deadline.
How far do Sterequip service from their facility?
Sterequip can service areas within a 2.5-hour radius from the facility covering the greater metropolitan and some regional areas.
What if I submit the EOI and then my reprocessing needs change?
This is only an EOI, it does not commit you to proceeding. If your reprocessing needs change in the future, then we can easily adjust to suit your needs.
Do I have to sign a long-term agreement?
Our current standard contract is 5 years. However, we also offer short-term contracts from 6-24 months if you are looking for our services until your renovations are complete.
Can I use Sterequip for certain product lines/families rather than all my reprocessing?
Yes. If you are already compliant but need reprocessing for specialised product lines, loan equipment, or assistance with growth, we can help.
Do you reprocess loan equipment?
Yes. The loan agreement remains between your HSO and the loan company, we become the point of delivery and pick up for the start and end of the term. We will be working with several loan companies to have their representatives on site for inspections.
How long does Sterequip take to reprocess equipment?
Sterequip typically takes 24 hours to reprocess equipment, which means a 3-day turnaround (Day 1 use and pick up, Day 2 to reprocess and deliver, and Day 3 to be put back into your equipment rotation ahead of use).
Will I need to buy more instruments to outsource my reprocessing?
No. We can provide additional instruments if required. However, if you prefer to maintain instrument ownership, you may need to invest in duplication of sets. We have pricing scenarios for both contingencies. If you use your instruments every 3 days, typically no additional instrumentation should be required.
Why do I need to sign a Confidentiality Agreement?
During the EOI process, Sterequip will need to gather sensitive information about your HSO and discuss pricing specifics. A Confidentiality Agreement protects both parties during this process and ensures that all information remains private and is not shared with a third party.
What is a Services Agreement?
The Services Agreement is the binding agreement between the HSO and Sterequip for the provision of reprocessing services. Only once the EOI process has concluded and Sterequip have made a commitment to build a facility for the December 2023 deadline, will formal negotiations for Service Agreements commence.
AS/NZS 4187 COMPLAINT
Sterequip is committed to providing an AS/NZS 4187 compliant reprocessing solution for Health Service Organisations now and for the future changes to the Standard.