Posts Tagged ‘surgical instrument care’

Surgical Instrument Care — Laparoscopic Instruments

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Laparoscopic instruments are used to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures and require a smaller incision, resulting in shortened recovery time and reduce the risk of hospital acquired infection.

Below are points of inspection and tips to ensure your laparscopic grasper t is working properly.

  • Examine that the laparoscopic grasper is safe to handle and has been fully decontaminated
  • Learn to visually inspect the laparscopic grasper
  • Open and close the laparoscopic grasper and evaluate proper action
  • Identify where cracks can occur
  • Learn how to properly detect damaged or loose insulation

Instantly download our free  surgical instrument care guide for laparoscopic instruments.

Surgical Instrument Care — Stain Remover Wipes

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Spectrum Surgical offers their new Spectra-Wipes™, Surgical Instrument Stain Remover Wipes.

Spectra-Wipes™ removes rust, stains, water deposits, and discoloration from surgical instruments.
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Gently rub affected area with cloth until the stain is no longer visible.

Spectra-Wipes™ clean and polish, and come packaged in an easy-to-use pull-up dispenser of twenty (20), 5.5-inch by 7.9-inch towelettes.

Call 800-444-5644 to place an order and visit our web site for more surgical instrument care products.

Surgical Instrument Care — Instrument Tray Corner Guards

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Enhance the protection of your surgical instruments and sterilization units with Spectrum Surgical surgical instrument tray corner guards.
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The corner guards protect trays from rips and tears in sterilization wrap due to sharp corners.

The open cell structure allows air to circulate freely and the elevated height gives your surgical trays space to circulate air. The corner guards are sold in packages of four and are gas, steam, Sterad®, and Ozone compatible.

Shop online today at Spectrum Surgical and learn how to properly care for you surgical instruments.

Surgical Instrument Care — Suction Devices

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Suction devices are used to extract blood and solutions out of a surgical site.

Instantly download our free guide on how to properly inspect suction devices.

The guide is filled with tips and information on how to handle and care for your suction devices.

Download our other complimentary surgical instrument care guides.

IAHCSMM Annual Conference Educational Sessions Highlight

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Preventive Versus Reactive Maintenance: A Case Study

Surgical instruments and equipment are critical components  of patient safety, positive outcomes and good customer service. Unfortunately, devices often don’t get the attention they deserve – and the consequences can be, at best, frustrating for the surgeon, and, at worst, devastating for the patient.

Instruments in need of sharpening, for example, can tear  skin, while also increasing the risk for additional damage to the device.  Instruments that can’t be taken apart and easily cleaned can harbor bone, blood  and other bioburden that makes it difficult for a surgeon to operate the device  properly (and, even more importantly, can contribute to hospital-acquired  infections). Keeping instruments in tip-top shape requires a proactive approach – one that addresses issues before they become a liability.

“When you get items back from the OR with a repair tag, it’s already too late. Something has gone wrong,” said Rick Costello, MBA, CCSVP,  president and chief operating officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp.  While repair tags are necessary, he stressed that relying on this type of  reactive approach is neither prudent nor cost-effective. He also explained that  it’s not enough to just send out broken devices without practicing due  diligence and embracing quality processes to ensure that the broken or  otherwise malfunctioning device isn’t subjected to the same damage in the  future.

“Any time a tagged instrument comes down from the OR, write  it down in a log – the doctor’s name, the problem — and see if it’s a ‘self-inflicted wound,’ something that was done to cause the damage that could have been avoided,” he noted. “Diagnose what happened and take corrective action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Costello also shared some enlightening data from two  50-hospital studies: one where preventive maintenance was followed according to  tray rotation; the other, based on time. For nearly 7,500 trays (across nine major services) that underwent tray  rotations, the average number of uses before being sent out for preventive  maintenance was 48. For the time-based study that assessed 13,000 trays and 400,000 instruments (across 21 different specialties), most services in the  hospitals only performed preventive maintenance two to three times a year (and  some hospitals were even fewer than that).

Education and communication plays an important role in the quality improvement process, he explained, and repair companies and device manufacturers can and should play a key role.

“Whoever is doing the preventive maintenance on your  instruments needs to communicate what they’re doing and what they’re finding,  in as much detail as possible, so you can find the right solutions,” Costello  reasoned, adding that CSSD and OR professionals also benefit from ongoing  education on care and handling of instrumentation. This education can be found  in the Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) textbook, among other resources.

While some facilities may be reluctant to engage in  proactive preventive maintenance, there’s plenty of data to show that spending  a small amount on the front end is far better on the budget than enduring big  repairs and premature replacement on the backend. Just a cataract set alone  will cost $2,495 new, whereas a completely restored set will run about $225 –  less than 10% the cost of replacement. Even more savings can be seen on more complex sets.

Preventive maintenance is important for all instruments, but it makes good sense for facilities to put the most time, effort and money into their most valuable equipment. “This is a good place to start,” Costello said.

Contact Spectrum Surgical for more surgical instrument maintenance information.