The biggest risks from custom procedure trays come from improper sterilization, leading to disease-causing agents that create illness and infection. These risk factors may also be increased if sterile trays are opened prematurely and exposed to airborne contaminants before the procedure. Some of the most common disease agents include the following.
with strep infections, but tray contamination with Alpha streptococcus leads to more than just a sore throat. Alpha infections are the most common, with strep bacteria living harmlessly on the skin most of the time. Custom procedure trays can introduce more serious strep infections leading to pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteraemia (infections of the blood). Strep infections usually respond well to antibiotics.
Bacillus species are better know as anthrax. While this toxic substance bears resemblance to chemical attacks, it is also commonly found in animals and food prepared through poor hygiene. If introduced to custom procedure trays in the OR, this can cause characteristic papules and edemas, as well as more serious health concerns. Fortunately, bacillus infections are easily treated with antibiotics including penicillin, tetracycline, chloramphenicol, gentamicin, or erythromycin.
Generally considered harmless bacteria that inhabit the skin and mucous membranes. Micrococcus bacteria are most commonly associated with custom procedure trays and other lab contamination, and rarely have a strong presence in human illness. If an infection occurs, it is easily treated with antibiotics.
Moraxella is a rare contamination in custom procedure trays and is a bacteria that can be found on the skin, mucous membranes, and in the genital area. Moraxella infections can cause fever, acute ear pain, irritability, and can escalate to sepsis and CNS infection. Antibiotics are an effective treatment, and the bacteria is easily susceptible to many sterilizing agents.
Find out more about the custom procedure trays available for your facility and what specialty options can be included for easiest setup and treatment. Custom procedure trays must always follow proper sterilization procedure to avoid disease-causing agents. Learn more with your medical equipment experts online.