In a record time,
the new RUMED
of the University Hospital
Complex in A Coruña (CHUAC)
On 19th July 2017, the Health Counsellor for the Junta de Galicia (Regional Government), Sr. Jesús Vázquez Almuiña, visited the new Reprocessing Unit for Medical Devices - RUMED- of CHUAC. This integral central for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization has a reprocessing capacity of more than 60,000 Technical Sterilization Units (TSU), equivalent to some 40,000 surgical interventions per year. This way, it will be able to provide service to all the Centers of the Organizational Structure of Integrated Management from Sergas (Galician Health Service) in the city of A Coruña.
The RUMED at CHUAC will serve the new surgical block that will start operating during the coming month of October, thanks to its direct communication through 2 lifts and a logistics system of hermetic transport trolleys.
The unit incorporates 4 thermo-disinfecting washers, in addition to a specific area for high chemical disinfection of flexible endoscopy thanks to 2 reprocessors, 2 washing tunnels for high volume material, 5 MATACHANA S1008 steam sterilizers, an automatic detergent dosing station and a specific water and air treatment system used by all the equipment installed in the area. It also includes a large number of transport trolleys, containers, 8 ergonomic workstations with lifting height and 5 washing stations with protection systems in the manual cleaning area. The whole system has automation levels and maximum connectivity, to prioritise the safety of patients who will be treated at the CHUAC, as well as workers at the unit itself.
At the beginning of 2017, the company Antonio Matachana, SA was awarded the full supply contract related to the CHUAC, for the total amount of €2.2 m. Since the awarding of the project and in record time, MATACHANA has taken charge of all the necessary works for the refurbishment of the area planned for the construction of the new central. This entailed the adaptation of the different work areas, carpentry, plumbing, steam, electricity, painting, floors, installation of the equipment, and tests and commissioning thereof, as well as the practical and theoretical training of all personnel, including the operational and functional validation of all installed equipment. Throughout June and July, the staff at CHUAC was constantly supported by technical staff and the MIEC - Matachana training academy - to resolve any minor doubts that may have arisen during the first weeks of actual work in the unit.
We trust that the RUMED in the CHUAC will become an example and benchmark of modern sterilization centrals in line with the new surgical praxis and the maximum security demanded in our operating theatres, acting as one of the first physical barriers to the prevention of Infections Related to Health Care within our hospitals.