Hiqa report good progress made by Roscommon Hospital on policy for reusable instruments

Hiqa inspectors have noted several improvements made recently at Roscommon University Hospital around the use of critical and semi-critical reusable medical instruments.

Previous reports in 2015 and 2016 had been critical of some practices at the hospital around instruments used in various medical procedures.

This inspection took place in October of 2018 and was unannounced.


Previous HIQA inspections had raised concerns over the processes at the operating theatre department and the radiology department with reports in 2015 and 2016 inspections claiming that infrastructure at the satellite decontamination facility in the OT department was not in inline with national standards.

However inspectors have noted now significant improvements in relation to centralising decontamination of reusable medical devices have been made at the hospital.

Hiqa inspectors noted that the hospital is committed to and actively working to improving decontamination and reprocessing practices at the hospital

Training of staff and frequency of hygiene audits was improved while risks previously identified in relation to decontamination facilities were being actively addressed.

Inspectors also note that a proposal to build a dedicated central sterile supplies department is being progressed and escalated by the HSE, and they also encouraged a suitable non-clinical space for decontamination of semi-critical ultrasound probes in the x-ray department is identified.