Challenging questions for the decontamination sector

Challenging questions in decontamination, were high on the agenda at DAS 2024, including: ‘how can we safeguard the next generation of competent decontamination staff?’ Louise Frampton provides an overview of some of the key highlights.

Taking place at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, the DAS 2024 event brought together leading experts in the decontamination and sterilisation sector, to discuss hot topics around education, leadership, the future of the profession, sustainability, innovation, and best practice.

The first session featured a presentation by Helen Campbell, Director of Education at the Institute of Decontamination Sciences, who discussed: 'The forgotten essential service — the key to safeguarding the next generation of competent decontamination staff.'

Helen opened the session by highlighting the importance of "uniting the industry" and "being an advocate for the patient". Her presentation emphasised that staff need to be empowered, have access to proper training and should be given the recognition they deserve for the important role they have to play in keeping patients safe.

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