FSS # V797P-4462B | Medassets Contract # MS02526 | Premier Contract # PP-OR-1380

CPT Medical

Proper Processing of Custom Trays


Order of Operations For Custom Tray Processing

The four primary main steps involved in processing custom trays are:

  • Commissioning A Series of Custom Trays
  • Sterilization
  • Packaging
  • Storage
  • Monitoring

Commissioning Custom Trays

Custom trays must first be commissioned by a practice in need of them. Such practices often tabulate their regular operational expenses and requirements, then put together orders based on the proclivities of operating surgeons.


Custom trays must be properly sterilized or they’re useless. This procedure usually has several methods. Proper applications of sterilization, and monitoring, and record keeping requirements can provide proper sterilization, patient safety and cost effectiveness.


Custom trays must be packaged such that they’ll not only survive the trip from the place of configuration to the place of utilization, but such that they will remain sterile while stored. This means that packaging should be of a top-tier variety that recommends itself. Additionally, that packaging should be designed such that it conforms to a given tray’s eccentricities. Some equipment will have sharper edges than other equipment, and so must be stored accordingly.


Custom trays should not be stored near the ceiling or walls. They should be secured in as sterile an environment as possible. Additionally, some trays may not be stackable atop one another, as their particular tools would break through packaging over time. Finally, packaging must be done in such a way that the trays are continually accessible for purposes of monitoring.


Because pathogens, microorganisms, and other invading unknowns have a statistical probability of contaminating trays, orders of them must be monitored while in storage to ensure they remain sterilized. Additionally, if water or some other contaminant gets into storage, it could sour the whole lot of them. These things are preventable if everything is being closely monitored. Monitoring custom trays over time is essential to ensure they are fit for use later on.


Custom trays must be entirely disposed of after use.

Tray Management Facilitates Use

Order three families of tray. Those for immediate use, those for backup use, and a backup set for your backups in case all else fails. This provides perpetual utility.