Preventing Perforations in Blue Surgical Wrapping
Most hospitals have difficulty with ensuring that their sterile wrapped instrument trays stay sterile until they reach the OR. Improper storage often leads to tears, microperforations, and wet packs. It's not only time-consuming to send the packs back to be re-sterilized, but it also costs money—sometimes $400 per minute. Luckily, there is a simple solution that revolves around prevention and proper storage. Here we will cover how to prevent perforations and tears in sterile wrapped surgical instrument trays with a logistics flow that will help your hospital prevent HAIs, improve patient safety, and save time and money.
Simple Storage Solutions Ensure Sterilization
Once surgical instruments are cleaned, wrapped, and sterilized, multiple manual interventions and stacking lead to a high risk of perforations or damage to the packaging. Ensuring sterility is a challenging but necessary factor for everyone involved in the SPD throughout the entire logistics flow.
An efficient logistics flow provides a solution for each step of the process:
- Stainless steel instrument trays prepped for wrapping
- High-quality transport wire baskets or shelves (without any hard edges or corners that can catch the wrapping and cause tears)
- Correct handling when transferring instrument sets into the autoclave with specially designed wire baskets
- Transport in dedicated open or closed transport carts
- Storage in a modular system with a space for each tray, without stacking
The solution doesn't necessarily entail altering your logistics flow, but rather your storage solutions that you use during it. A storage system that reduces manual handling after sterilization, provides a "parking spot" for every tray, eliminates the need for stacking, ensures safe internal or external transport, and saves space. Click here for details about transport carts, perforation-safe wire baskets, dry instrument baskets, and modular storage for wrapped surgical instrument trays.
Contact Us for More Info on How to Prevent Perforations & Tears
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design, installation, and assistance to help you prevent perforations and tears in your sterile wrapped surgical instrument trays for your SPD. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.