Optimizing Instrument Investments
Warren Hardy, VP Sales, MacPherson Medical, Inc., www.macphersonmedical.com
August 23, 2011
In finding a method, system or device that focuses on enhancing the life cycle of instrumentation, one needs to consider several issues that allows the hospital or ambulatory surgery center to best care for patients and ensure that their instrument investment is optimized.
During sterilization, instruments must be organized and positioned in a way that allows proper penetration of sterilization agents. Mechanisms and systems that consider this need not only offer better patient care through infection control, but also aid in ease of use during the procedure. Additionally, having an OR tray delivery solution that is general, yet customizable also affords the hospital both standardization and greater flexibility in presenting the instruments in the OR.
Secondly, in the storage and transportation phase, assembled kits that are organized in a secure and ready-for-use configuration allow for time-sensitive tasks to be transferred away from the OR, and into areas where time is less critical to both the process and direct care of the patient. When each instrument has its own compartment, it eliminates jumbled piles, and protects instruments from damage and early retirement. This extends the life of each instrument while also minimizing costly repairs.
Thirdly, well-organized delivery solutions, which are complete and ready for immediate setup, help provide fast and accurate instrument counts. If an emergency situation arises, one may respond by retrieving specific instruments quickly and easily, resulting in excellent and timely patient care.