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State of the art sterilisation opens at Cairns Hospital

Central Steralising Department

23 April 2015

Cairns Hospital is now home to the best sterilisation department in Queensland.

The new Central Sterilisation Department (CSD) is officially in operation following five years of planning and preparation featuring state of the art equipment and top of the range technology in line with international infection control standards.

CSD Nurse Unit Manager Chris Preece and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board Chair Bob Norman treated Member for Cairns Rob Pyne to a tour of the new facility today.

“Our Department cleans, disinfects and sterilises reusable medical and surgical instruments and oversees the maintenance of equipment for elective and emergency surgery at Cairns Hospital and other health facilities 24 hours a day, six days a week,” she said.

“The opening of this facility is a major milestone not just for the hospital but for the growing Cairns community.

“It promises to deliver a more functional and efficient sterilisation department which plays an integral role in the daily operations of the hospital and, most importantly, is crucial to patient safety.”

Ms Preece said the new unit featured the latest technology including medical instrument tracking via scanners which instantly identifies where the equipment has come from, the patient it was used on and the staff that have handled it.

“This system not only allows for greater accuracy when it comes to the logging of essential equipment, it saves significant staff time,” she said. 

Mr Pyne said he was very impressed with the new-look department.

“I understand there was a huge amount of work involved in getting this new area up and running,” he said.

“It is a pleasure to be here to recognise the hard working employees who are pivotal to the safe and effective running of the operating theatres here at Cairns Hospital.”

Mr Norman said the new department would be invaluable to health services in the Far North.

“This new equipment is in line with the best in the country, it will compliment theatres by increasing our ability to achieve elective surgery targets and reduce patient waitlists,” he said.

“It will also mean we are able to provide clinical and technical support to other hospitals in the region and provide resources to remote areas like the Torres Strait and Cooktown.”

Last updated: 24 April 2015