Being told by your doctor you need surgery brings forth all kinds of worries as it is. The last thing you need to have on your mind is will their surgical trays with the medical tools and equipment necessary to operate on you cause an infection. After all, you are there with a team of medical doctors having the surgical procedure so you end up feeling better.
Medical professionals performing surgery on a patient need to take precaution when preparing custom procedure trays for multiple reasons. One of the reasons being if any of the instruments inside the kit are exposed to the air too long after being opened, they can become contaminated. This means the kits should only be opened right as the surgery is about to happen. Another thing is for the one in charge of opening the kit in the surgical room to make sure their medical team mates and themselves have washed and sterilized their hands and arms thoroughly before handling any of the tools within the kit. If the washing of the hands and arms do not happen, any bacteria and fungus that may be on a medical team mate can contaminate the tools, which puts a patient at risk for infection. These reasons alone are not the only reasons custom procedure trays needed to be handled with care. Doctors and nurses that are sick should never touch custom procedure trays or patients, doing so could lead to serious infection of a patient. In fact, medical members that do become sick should stay at home to get well and prevent the spread of their infection.
If your surgeon or doctor isn’t using custom procedure trays on you during your operation it is wise to visit another surgeon or doctor for the surgical procedure. Once again, surgery alone is enough to go through, worrying about getting an infection from medical instruments should be weighing on your mind. All you should be focusing on is recovering.