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Custom Trays Benefit in the Healthcare Market


Used for many different procedures and purposes, surgical trays can be customized and used by all medical care facilities. The sterilized instruments in these trays remain clean and in tact until they are ready to be used. With a variety of different custom tray options available, a facility can keep on hand what they will need. This convenient product can be very beneficial in the healthcare market and it is also typically very cost effective.


A custom tray can be ordered from most surgical tray manufacturers. Each tray will contain specific tools that are used for a specific procedure and these items can be chosen by each individual client. Just a few custom tray packs include items for the following:

  • Saline flush
  • C-section
  • Angiography
  • Laparoscopy
  • Pacemaker battery replacement
  • Tracheotomy


Depending on the medical setting, many times a surgical pack is needed in a very short amount of time. Someone’s life may be at risk and it would take precious seconds to stop and find specific tools that would be needed in order to complete some sort of procedure. With a custom tray, everything you need is in one location, sanitized, sterilized and ready to be used. You simply grab the pack and go.

Cost Effective

The cost for custom medical trays is of course, a bit higher than a standard pack. However, it is important to make sure you have all the right tools needed to get the job done. Some clients opt to purchase standard packs for common, non-life threatening procedures and then custom trays can be purchased for other, more intricate procedures.

Date of Use

Each tray pack comes with a shelf life date that recommends when the item should be discarded and replaced. This date often has to do with the sterile nature of the items inside and it is in best interest of the facility and the patients to adhere to this date. Luckily, these packs usually last for quite a long time.

Custom surgical and medical trays are important for many different medical facilities and locations. Whether it be for a hospital, ambulatory center, surgical center, medical office, dental office, etc. It is far more convenient to not have to order separate products and try to keep them organized within a facility. Not to mention, keeping them accessible and nearby. These trays free up more time so that staff can focus more on what is important, and that is the patients.

Different types of sterilizations for surgical trays


Methods Of Sterilization

One of the reasons custom trays have become so popular in medicine is because they can be used immediately; they’re pre-packaged and pre-sterilized exactly for this purpose. The world is not always ideal, though; and the proper means of sterilization can be complicated and must be thorough. Meanwhile, custom trays definitely have a high quotient of convenience, and have quickly become a preferred option by a ubiquity of practices. Beyond this method of maintaining operational equipment, the CDC specifies two primary means by which trays become sterilized:

  • Steam Sterilization
  • Flash Sterilization

This writing will give a quick exposition of both sterilization methods, then look at how sterilization in conjunction with custom trays may actually provide the best possible scenario for continuous operations. What good are custom trays if you run out and no shipment is available for a month? Custom trays are convenient and life saving, but unless there is some additional means of support, they can actually end up being a crippling agent in the end.

Steam Sterilization

In a nutshell, steam sterilization is the preferred method. It is environmentally sustainable, clean, and effective. Heat is one of the most trustworthy means of sterilization. Since the heat is moist with steam, it also helps preserve equipment while sterilization is taking place. There’s nothing toxic about steam sterilization, and it is relatively inexpensive considering. Additionally, it kills bad micro-organisms very quickly, and is also able to end spores from molds or fungi. This method also penetrates fabrics without destroying them, and can allow for their sterilization. The only downside is that the process has a history of causing some corrosion as well as lubricant combustion; especially as regards hand pieces used in dental work. It can also reduce light output on some devices, like laryngoscopes. Steam sterilization is accomplished through direct exposure of items requiring sterilization to steam of a requisite temperature to be properly threatening to microbial life. Four main things define this method: pressure, temperature, time, and the steam itself.

Flash Sterilization

Flash sterilization is temperature and pressure. It’s original definition was that an item which has been unwrapped should be kept at one hundred and thirty-two degrees celsius three minutes at between twenty-seven and twenty-eight pounds of pressure. This requires what’s called a gravity displacement sterilizer. Depending on the caliber of sterilizer purchased, and the item being sterilized, time will fluctuate. This process can be very effective, but is complicated and definitely has costs involved which may make custom trays all the more recommendable.

Why Combining All Three Is The Best Approach

Custom trays, steam sterilization and flash sterilization are all great methods of ensuring that your practice remains clean. But if you only have one method or another, you don’t have any kind of protection should the worst come to the worst. What if you don’t use custom trays, and the steam machine breaks? Well, then you’ve got flash sterilization. But what if both machines go on the fritz the same day due to a power surge which causes a fuse shortage that nobody can hunt down for half the day? You could lose lives in such a scenario. That said, if you’ve got custom trays somewhere on the premises, then there’s no issue. But too, you can’t trust solely in custom trays; what if you fun out, or a shipment is late? So, in an ideal world, a medical practice performing surgery is going to use a combination of custom trays, steam sterilization procedures, and flash sterilization procedures. This will allow for the greatest financial retention while incorporating secondary means of necessary support