Draft revised Accountable Items policy – Feedback

The current NSW Health policy Management of Instruments, Accountable Items and Other Items used for Surgery or Procedures (PD2013_054) is being revised.

Please click the links below to read the draft policy (comprising policy statement and procedure sections) and provide comments in the relevant sections of the feedback form. The closing date for comments is 5pm on Thursday, 28 October 2021.

Anaesthetic accountable items

The draft revised Managing and Counting Accountable Items Used During Surgery and Other Procedures policy contains two options for dealing with accountable items used by the anaesthetic team. We are seeking your comments on these two options to assist in determining which option is adopted in the policy.

When reading the procedure document consider if

  • Anaesthetic accountable items are to be included in the count,

OR

  • Anaesthetic accountable items are not to be included in the count and the anaesthetic team is to be responsible for the management of these items.

The final policy will adopt one option only.

At points in the procedure document two versions of text are provided, highlighted in blue. These two versions are included at sections 2.2 Anaesthetic accountable items and 5 Appendix - List of accountable items (under Sharps)

  • Version 1 supports inclusion of anaesthetic accountable items in the count
  • Version 2 supports the count not including anaesthetic accountable items, with the anaesthetic team responsible for the management of these items.

Your responses to the above, at the relevant sections in the feedback, would be appreciated.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Wendy Manning, Project Manager Clinical Governance on Wendy.Manning@health.nsw.gov.au

Draft revised Managing and Counting Accountable Items Used During Surgery and Other Procedures policy

Personal details

Policy feedback

Background

Managing accountable items

Counting accountable items

Replacing instrument or circulating nurse/midwife

5 Appendix