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Storing of patient care medical equipment, devices, and supplies​
 

To ensure the safe storage of medical equipment, devices, and supplies, it is vital that these items are stored in the proper manner until placed in use.  Part of maintaining this compliance is to ensure the following practices are in place:

 

1.    All bottom shelving in patient care storage areas should be solid without openings to the floor.  This prevents debris from contaminating items stored on the bottom shelves when the floors are being cleaned.

 

2.    The floor should be clean of linen, supplies, and debris to ensure that patient care items and the environment are maintained in a manner that prevents contamination and potential patient hazards from equipment and supplies.

 

To ensure that infection prevention and control activities are maintained when storing medical equipment, devices, and supplies, monthly tracer audits, using direct observation, will be done on the first Monday of each month on all patient care storage areas identified in the inventory audit.

 

In the event that noncompliance is detected in the course of the tracer, the surveyor will document noncompliance on the tracer tool and contact the appropriate individual(s) to address any issue(s).  All actions initiated to address issues are recorded on the tracer tool for further review.  All findings of noncompliance and/or issues encountered when attempting to resolve these items are to be reported to the unit supervisor for appropriate follow-up.


Evaluation Method
 

    1.  Storing medical equipment, devices, and supplies.

​a.​ Sampling: All patient care storage areas identified in the inventory audit.
​b. Audits will be performed the first Monday of each month.
​c. The Manager/Practice Site Coordinator responsible for each of the identified patient care storage areas will be responsible for audit completion and submitting to Quality Management
​d. Tracer activity will be conducted monthly for four consecutive months.
e.​ The denominator will be the total number of patient care storage areas audited.
f.​ The numerator will be the total number of patient care storage areas in compliance with the conducted tracer audits.
g.​ Results will be reported to the Patient Safety / Joint Commission Leadership Committee on a monthly basis for the first four month period and quarterly thereafter to assure ongoing compliance.

Using the tool below, please submit your storage survey findings on the first Monday of each month.


 INSTRUCTIONS
 

IMPORTANT: Please be sure that you are signed-in to PAWS.  Your name should be showing in the top right of this screen.  If you see "sign-in" at the top right, you are not signed-in as the user.  If "sign-in" is at the top right of the screen, left click on the word "sign-in" and a pop-up screen will appear for you to enter your username and password.  This would be the same user name and password that you use for Citrix.

 

If you are using a shared computer, please be sure to sign out once you have completed submitting your results.  To sign out,

 

1.    Left click on your name in the top right of this screen

2.    In the pop-up window, left click on "sign out".


 Storing of medical equipment, devices, and supplies Survey Tool  
 
 

 Patient Care Storage Survey Tool