The Role of Validation and Importance of Routine Monitoring

The Role of Validation and Importance of Routine Monitoring

The role of validation is to confirm the ability of the equipment, the washer disinfector, to be able to remove and kill a known ‘load’ of soil and microbiological agents under fixed test conditions.

Routine monitoring is there the bridge the time between validation testing (it’s usually impractical to carry out validation tests on a regular basis). The main drivers for routine monitoring are:

Variables can and will change

With all the best will and control in the world, process variables such as load, water characteristics, and machine performance will change. In themselves these changes don’t necessarily pose a threat, but over time, and in combination with one another, the decontamination performance can degrade. Routine monitoring should always be built into any process to keep on top of any of these inevitable changes.

Early Problem Detection

Following the same train of through as above, if you can monitor and track changes as they happen you can pre-empt and act upon adverse changes.

Accountability

Healthcare institutions and their staff are accountable for the care of their patients. This is also true for the CSSD. The role that routine monitoring plays here is to help the CSSD prove that it is doing what it is setup to do.

Peace-of-mind

Knowing that your equipment and processes are performing as they should offers managers and operators peace-of-mind and takes away the guess work and questionable assumptions.