Striving for high standards in decontamination

The Institute of Decontamination Sciences conference and exhibition takes place on 28-29 November 2023 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. CSJ provides an insight into the hot topics being discussed during the conference and the innovative decontamination solutions being highlighted at the event.

Challenges around decontamination persist within the health service as the findings of a major national investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), in 2022, clearly demonstrated. The need for a specialist body, focused on standards and education is as pertinent today as it was when the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) was first initiated.

Decontamination in hospitals has come a long way, during decades of oversight by the organisation, but there is still important work to be done. The national investigation by the HSIB was prompted by an incident in which ‘black material’ was seen coming out of the end of a surgical instrument. This was later confirmed to be dried blood and, as a result, the patient had to be tested for bloodborne viruses.

This patient safety incident demonstrated the fact that:

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