Central Decontamination Unit
Decontamination is a process which includes cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical instruments. This process is used to make a reusable medical device( instrument) safe for use on a patient. The function of the Central Decontamination Unit is to provide decontaminated reusable invasive medical devices to all service users in the Children’s University Hospital.
The Central Decontamination Unit’s (CDU) quality systems meets the requirements of the Health Information Quality Authority National (HIQA) Standards for Safer, Better Care (2010). Quality activities carried out in the CDU comply with the requirements of the Health Service Code of Practice for the Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Medical Devices (2011).
CHI at Temple Street’s CDU is the first Decontamination Unit in Ireland to achieve registration to International Standards Organisation ISO 13485:2003 “Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices” and the Medical Device Directive 93/42 EEC. These standards are used by medical device manufacturers worldwide and underpin the CDU Teams commitment to providing a quality assurance and a safe service.