We have heard that TJC is citing not having impermeable liners on all wire storage shelves holding sterile supplies. Have you heard this?
We have not seen that scored before on survey reports. Usually, they only focus on the bottom shelf which is subject to potential contamination during mopping. If the surveyor is still onsite, we suggest showing them your policy and providing the logic of only having a bottom liner.
AAMI guidelines do not require a shelf liner or liner on every shelf. Review the AAMI ST79 reference, as summarized below.
11 Storage and transportation / 11.1 Sterile storage / 11.1.1 Storage facilities
- Sterile items should be stored under environmentally controlled conditions in a manner that reduces the potential for contamination.
- Sterile storage areas should be kept clean and dry.
- Closed or covered cabinets are recommended for sterile storage. Open shelving may be used, but requires special attention to traffic control, area ventilation, and environmental services.
- Shelving, carts, and bins used for sterile storage should be maintained organized, clean, and dry. The bottom shelf of storage carts or shelving should be solid. The shelving or carts should be designed for the weight and configuration of the load.
- Supplies should be removed from external and web-edged shipping container before transport to any restricted area (see section 184.108.40.206 and 5.2.1).