DGSV Congress 2022 – Jubilee Congress: Rich in content and with joy of reunion

© Congress Compact/DGSV

© Congress Compact/DGSV

summarised by Stefan Dudzinski-Lange and Gudrun Westermann


A reason to celebrate: for the 25th time the German Society of Sterile Supply (DGSV e.V) held its sterile supply reprocessing congress. It was fitting for this festive occasion that the conference could once again be held as a face-to-face event. After all, around 800 delegates took advantage of this opportunity to meet again.

 
A reason to celebrate: for the 25th time the German Society of Sterile Supply (DGSV e.V) held its sterile supply reprocessing congress. It was fitting for this festive occasion that the conference could once again be held as a face-to-face event. After all, around 800 delegates took advantage of this opportunity to meet again.

The Board of Directors paid tribute to Anke Carter, who passed away in January this year, as an outstanding personality and for her many years of dedicated work and very friendly cooperation. In order to continue the work in the spirit espoused by her, the board will offer an Anke Carter Award for particularly practice-relevant work on MD processing. Beyond this the Board not only reached a full quorum by rotational election, but even expanded to the five persons provided for in the statutes. In addition to the co-opted board member Rainer Stens and the elected members of the board Frank Deinet and Klaus Wiese, Monika Schick-Leisten and Dirk Diedrich round off the management team in 2023.

The jubilee congress was held at the Esperanto Hotel in Fulda and included, among other things, a gala dinner. The programme itself was superb, covering virtually all areas of medical device reprocessing. Following the welcome speech by the board, Adelheid Jones and Maik Roitsch from the DGSV e.V. outlined developments up to the present. Both highlighted how even before the foundation of the DGSV e.V., the topic of sterile supply reprocessing had acquired a professional structure. For example, the groundwork for training was laid by institutions such as the Berlin-Brandenburg Sterile Supply Working Group. Jones and Roitsch presented contemporary photos to document developments and the collaboration with the European Society for Hospital Sterile Supply e.V. (ESH).

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With the foundation of the DGSV e.V. in 1996, driven in particular by Ilse Voigt and Toni Zanette, it was possible to channel the numerous local endeavours and initiatives. The goal was to establish an association for the promotion of research and teaching, education, training and everyday practices in the field of sterile supplies. With the establishment of the DGSV Medical Device Reprocessing Specialist (FMA-DGSV®), the statutory goal was consistently driven forward. Today, there are in Germany alone 51 accredited DGSV training centres. The greater emphasis of training on regulatory aspects such as on the German Medical Device Operator Regulation (MPBetreibV) or the consistent focus on achieving state recognition for the job description were hallmarks of the association’s work. Among the highlights mentioned by the speakers was the organization of the World Congress 2017 in Bonn.

As an up-to-date insight into the “Current status of developments as regards the job description DGSV Medical Device Reprocessing Specialist (FMA – DGSV®) or Medical Device Assistant”, a number of trainees together with the Board of Directors of the DGSV e.V. described the requirements

The detailed report including all lectures can downloaded here and will be also published in issue 5/2022 of Zentalsterilization. Stay tuned with the STERI WORLD Newsletter. Subscribe now

 

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