Equipment Library and Decontamination Unit (ELDU)
The decontamination of re-usable medical devices is viewed as
the key to the control of transmissible diseases such as Hepatitis
B and antibiotic resistant organisms such as MRSA.
The function of the ELDU is to provide a high quality, efficient
and cost effective service to wards and departments across the
Trust by supplying appropriately decontaminated equipment on a
temporary basis to support clinical practice and to provide equal
The primary aim of the ELDU Management Team is to deliver and
develop the service to users in such a way as to meet
all objectives and to work with the Trust as the demands
of the service change.
The Equipment Library & Decontamination Unit (ELDU) as well
as decontaminating hospital equipment also supply and decontaminate
patient support surfaces (pressure relieving mattresses). The
decontamination of mattresses is necessary to prevent cross
infection to patients. An audit is conducted annually by an
external company on all mattresses within the Trust to ensure that
the highest standards are maintained.
The staff in ELDU follow strict decontamination procedures and
in doing so are helping to bring down MRSA and C.Diff rates, as
well as other healthcare associated infections.