efits, including simplification of process documentation and instructions for use (IFUs); reduction in cost and waste; simpli- fied training of new employees; reduction in OR-CS/SPD employee stress; higher employee retention; and better patient outcomes through a lower chance of case delays, errors and confusion. Aesculap’s new PrimeLine Pro lid is reli-

able and long lasting to meet the rigorous demands of the CS/SPD. The robust 2mm aluminum lid features an integrated, reus- able, PTFE filter designed for 2,200 steril- ization cycles, saving time and reducing processing costs. This premium lid option is available for Aesculap’s SteriContainer JK and JN series in full, three-quarter and half-size containers.

Container, which is designed long enough to specifically transport soiled da Vinci instrumentation and other laparoscopic instruments from the OR or CS/SPD. “Our goal when developing this prod-

uct was to help our customers follow presoaking procedures in manufacturers’ IFUs more easily,” said Lieberman. “Some instruments need to presoak for a specified amount of time before they can be manually cleaned and with this container that process can start in the OR reducing reprocessing time. Our transport container also has a seal to prevent spills and a drain to accom- modate removal of soiled liquid. As an accessory we will offer lifting trays that fit into the container and will protect da Vinci instruments during transportation.” On the other end of the size spectrum,

Aesculap’s new PrimeLine Pro

Size matters Surgical instruments come in many differ- ent shapes and sizes; therefore, CS/SPDs must find ways to safely and effectively accommodate this variety during transport and storage. Aaron Lieberman, Marketing Manager

for Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, highlights the challenges around extra large devices, such as da Vinci instrumentation. In particular, he points out the need for right-sized sealed transport contain- ers that facilitate presoak- ing of these instruments

Aaron Lieberman

prior to manual or automated cleaning. He states: “If you don’t have a transport container to

soak your instruments in then that process cannot start until the instruments get back to CS/SPD. This can be especially challeng- ing for da Vinci instrumentation or other very long laparoscopic instruments because there are not many solutions for this on the market. In addition to needing something large enough to soak and transport longer instruments, facilities should be mindful of the potential instrument damage that can occur during transportation in those containers.” To address this need, Summit Medical recently launched its XL size Transport

transporting and storing small items is a significant challenge as well. Liz Ostrow, Marketing Manager for gSource, points to the difficulties associated with effec- tively organizing and storing k-wires and pins, as there are many different lengths and diameter sizes available. To accommodate these products, gSource offers its gRack for 9” k-wires and pins (gS 98.5409), which features 12 slots for storage and organization of common diameter sizes (0.7mm- 4.5mm). The k-wire and pin diameters are marked on both the measuring gauge and the slots inside the rack for easy iden- tification and organization. The gRack folds closed for convenient storage, and when closed, k-wires and pins are held securely in place, helping to prevent shifting of con- tents. When the rack is open, it converts to a tabletop stand for use in the OR. It also features a handle that allows the rack to be easily carried and transported. Made from anodized aluminum, the rack is light- weight, yet built to withstand rigorous and repeated use.

the instruments remain sterile and safe dur- ing transport and storage. “The Joint Commission (TJC) and As-

sociation of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) acknowledge that micro- bial contamination of a sterile package is ‘event related’ and is caused by an event such as improper handling or transport rather than time alone,” said Brandon VanHee, Clinical Education Manager for Key Surgical. “Sterility is often compro- mised by physical damage to the package such as tears, punctures and abrasions in wrap material. Utilizing instrument trays that are lightweight, and free from sharp corners and edges, or surgical tray corner protectors can help prevent tears and punctures in wrap material.”

Key Surgical’s Plastic Sterilization Trays

CS/SPD professionals can protect and organize delicate surgical instrumenta- tion during the sterilization process with Key Surgical’s Plastic Sterilization Trays. Constructed of a durable polymer, the trays provide strength, durability and chemical resistance while remaining lightweight and easy to use. Available in various sizes, each Plastic Sterilization Tray includes a silicone finger mat that can be removed for easy washing. Perforations in the lid and base of tray help with steam circulation and aid in the drying process.

Accommodate increasing demand As surgical volumes increase, so does the work of CS/SPD professionals. They face constant demand to speed instrument pro- cessing turnover times, while maintaining a high level of effectiveness and safety. “Staff have many constraints that they

gSource's gRack for 9” k-wires and pins

Stay sterile CS/SPD professionals put forth tremen- dous time and effort to effectively de- contaminate, clean and sterilize surgical instruments but the challenge doesn’t stop there. They need products that help ensure


work through every day but time is one element that is not on their side,” said Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN, Director of Clinical Services for Innovative Sterilization Technologies. “With the exception of ONE TRAY, the average time for a packaging system to be ready for use, sterilization cycle time, dry time and cool time is 2 to 3 hours. With any surgical volume, but especially with many

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