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BTEC Level 3 Certificate in the Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices: Unit Five

Image of Chris Larham's BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Decontamination, highlighting Unit Five.

When items have been inspected, assembled, and wrapped in the IAP Area they are placed on the conveyor belt to be transported into the Autoclave Area. The conveyor belt should only be activated when the Autoclave Attendant is present – otherwise, sets will congregate at the end of the conveyor belt’s ‘runners’, increasing the likelihood of damaged wraps (per ‘SOP-11’). The member of staff in the IAP Area should also check that there is enough room for the items to pass beyond the second set of flaps prior to activating the conveyor belt. ‘SOP-11’ states that items requiring sterilisation should not be taken past the yellow tape on the floor on the Sterile Store side of Autoclave Number 4 under any circumstances, since this tape serves as the pre-sterilisation boundary demarcation line.

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