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Processing Custom Procedure Trays



Following an established protocol when it comes to the processing of custom tray is a vital aspect of modern healthcare. It will significantly go a long way in alleviating patient’s the risk of contracting infections. The piece below seeks to give an overview of the six primary steps of custom procedure trays processing

  • Commissioning the custom trays

Before anything else, custom procedure trays have to be commissioned by a practice which needs them. Such practices usually formulate the custom trays’ regular operational requirements and performance. After that, they put together orders based on the inclinations and requirements of the operating surgeons.

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The most commonly used form of sterilization is the steam sterilization. This is a recommendation of the CDC. The technique is considered fast, safe and the most affordable for healthcare facilities. The steam sterilizers come in a variety of sizes. Sterilizer cycles often vary among manufacturers, and you will definitely find it in the manufacturer’s manual. Other options include:

  • Chemical vapor
  • Vaporized hydrogen peroxide
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Storage

All the sterilized custom procedure trays must be stored in a manner that reduces the chances of being contaminated. The place where they’re stored must be clean, dry and temperature controlled. Handling sterilized custom procedure trays with care is important. So you have to avoid things like bending or crushing the tray. During transportation, they must be protected from environmental contaminants that can compromise their sterility.

  • Monitoring

Monitoring of the custom procedure trays while in storage is a crucial step in the processing of this instrument. This is because, while in storage, there is a probability that pathogens, microorganism, and unknowns can invade and contaminate the trays. Moreover, if other contaminants or water gains access to the storage, then you can be sure they’re all going to get soured. If carefully monitored, these mishaps are entirely preventable, and as a result, it should be done over time to make sure they’re fit for use.