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.
Why Can’t We Retain Ownership of Our Replacement Devices?
For two reasons: 1) Sterequip doesn’t want to negatively impact Health Service Organisations with additional investment in Devices in order to be able to use its services. 2) Sterequip utilises the combined buying power to pass on those discounts to customers allowing for a significantly lower total cost of Device use and enabling Health Organisations to utilise that capital elsewhere.
What Happens When Our Devices Are Damaged or Need to Be Replaced?
Sterequip will purchase the new Devices and return the damaged or expired Devices to the Health Service Organisation. This only applies to Devices that are being reprocessed on average more than once every 3 weeks. It also means that Health Service Organisation do not have the same capital outlay for new Devices in the future or if they want to expand and grow.
What Happens to Devices That Are Processed Less Than Once Every 3 Weeks?
Typically it does not make financial sense for Sterequip to own those Devices for the Health Service Organisation, the cost of reprocessing would be too high. In those cases the Device ownership and replacement cost are at the Health Service Organisation discretion and Sterequip just charges a low reprocessing fee.
What About Loan Sets and Those That Include Implants?
Facilities using loan sets are charged a reprocessing fee and the Health Service Organisation incurs their normal rental costs and if there are implantables, the costs associated with using the implanted items.
What Is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
It is a confidentially agreement where both Sterequip and the Health Service Organisation cannot disclose any information exchanged during talks.
What Is a Non-Binding Letter of Intent?
It is an agreement that indicates the Health Service Organisation wants to proceed to formal negotiations and will have exclusive talks with Sterequip for their outsourced reprocessing needs. At this point it requires contribution by both parties to detail all Devices, expected usage cycles, calculate pricing and finalise the terms.
Why Do You Only Provide Pricing on Commonly Used Devices?
The pricing process can be arduous for both the Health Service Organisation and Sterequip, therefore to assess if you want to proceed to becoming a customer of Sterequip we firstly give indicative pricing that lets the Health Service Organisation assess if the outsourced reprocessing is a viable option. Once that is complete, and a Non-Binding Letter of Intent is signed, full detailed pricing is provided.
Once We Sign How Long Does it Take to Onboard our Health Service Organisation?
Onboarding process requires Sterequip to have purchased, marked and reprocessed the new devices to give the Health Service Organisation while their Devices are being inspected and marked. It typically takes 8 weeks to receive all the new Devices and have them ready for the Health Service Organisation. Once we collect the Health Service Organisation devices it can take up to another 4-6weeks to mark the Health Service Organisation Devices. Once that is complete the reprocessing order cycle begins.
How Quickly Can Sterequip Reprocess Reusable Medical Devices?
When you contract with Sterequip you will be given either a morning or afternoon delivery schedule. Once an Device is used it must be Point of Use Processed by the Health Service Organisation and registered as ready for collection. The Device will be picked either that afternoon or the next morning depending on your delivery window. Once collected Sterequip will reprocess within 24 hours and if ordered by the Health Service Organisation schedule the next delivery window. This is approximately 3 working days from the initial use to the next use.
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.