II Sterilization Seminar 2017, Barcelona:

Last 9th and 10th of November 2017, the Col·legi Oficial d'Infermeres i Infermers de Barcelona (Barcelona School of Nursing) hosted the second Sterilization Conference 2017, whose motto chosen for this occasion was "Security in the sterilization process: our ability". To this end, a number of conferences and round tables were held in conjunction with the expert group on sterilization of the medical surgical members, highlighting burning issues within our Reprocessing Units of Medical Devices (RUMED): updates in legislation and good practices, profiles and areas of responsibility in sterilization services, "no quality" footprint in the sterilization-safety process for patients - costs and their legal aspects, as well as an entertaining open-ended discussion to answer some of the most common questions that arise in our units. Ms. Elena Lorenzo, Infection Control Manager of our company, participated in this last round table.

In the afternoon of the first day, MATACHANA organized a visit to its production plant in Castelldefels, which was attended by 48 people from Catalan hospitals and from the rest of Spain. During this visit, a presentation was given on what the company MATACHANA is today. Rotating activities of 20 minutes were organized, where attendees could observe the manufacturing process of a steam autoclave, visit a sterilization museum, walk through a simulated Sterilization Central and attend a workshop to expand knowledge in hydrogen peroxide sterilization. All the activities were highly rated by the participants. On Friday 10th, Mr. Enric Hernandez, Product Manager for the washing and disinfection line, made a presentation of the entire new MATACHANA MAT LD washing line, which was greatly appreciated and was the source of many subsequent visits at our own stand.

From MATACHANA, we wish to highlight the high level of oral communications and posters selected by the scientific committee of the event, which shows clearer every day the degree of professionalism and specialization that sterilization units have within the hospital context. Congratulations to the nominees and to the three winning hospitals: Hospital de Manacor, Hospital de la Vall de Hebrón and Hospital Universitario Sant Joan de Reus, which received the public award. We would also like to thank and congratulate the organizing committee of this event. We encourage them to maintain the critical and practical spirit that has always characterized them, so that the RUMED as well as their assistant staff (nurses and TCAES), receive the consideration they deserve. We look forward to the 3rd edition!!

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