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How to Create the Best Custom Surgical Tray for Your Practice 

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Considerations

A surgeon’s tray is one of his or her most important tools in operation. Several questions should be asked before you decide on even the proper family of trays you’ll need. This is why custom trays are so popular today. Before customizing yours, ask yourself:

  • What kind of operations is this tray for?
  • What kind of tools are required?
  • Does the tray need to be suspended?
  • What kind of budget are you working with?
  • What sterilization measures are necessary/available?
  • Utility–how comfortable/awkward is the tray? It can’t delay necessary action.

Tray Characteristics

Generally, surgeons are looking for trays that are:

  • Easy to Sterilize: Sometimes surgery must happen extremely fast, and a tray that’s hard to sterilize can lose a life. Ideally, sterilization procedure should be very fast, and very straightforward. Custom trays are more likely to be designed this way than some non-custom options.
  • Sturdy: Custom trays should be strong enough to handle the load of necessary equipment for the operations they’ll be supporting. Whether that load be suspended or lifted up, the tray should accommodate without difficulty.
  • Effective at Consolidating Time: A tray’s weight, dimensions, and features will all help save time. Time is life in medical operations; and without life, there is no money.
  • Well-Manufactured: Whether the tray is a disposable one, or meant for continual reuse, it should be built to withstand not just procedural necessity, but the unpredictable.
  • Disposable Options: Procedure packs and customizable disposable trays have, for quite a while now, been used in surgical proceedings. What these amount to is packages of necessary operation equipment that can be bought in bulk already-sterilized and ready for operation. Both trays and equipment can be acquired this way, saving time and energy in operational preparation and performance. Again, when time is life, expense is tertiary. Though disposable customizable options may be more costly, they will definitely be more effective at helping speedy operations that may save lives.

Dependability of Manufacture and Shipping

When ordering custom trays, be sure to get them from a source which has a solid history of steady, accurate delivery. Medicine is an endlessly necessary function of modern society. As such, the needs of medical facilities increase as the population does. Though shipping, purchasing, and reprisal occur in a cyclic way, there are perpetual demands for equipment; especially of the disposable sterilized variety. As a result, it is not uncommon for custom procedural packs or custom trays to become lost, or mixed up, during shipment. Sometimes custom trays are purchased in bulk, and individually wrapped in a sterilized way containing all necessary operational equipment. But when the first custom trays are opened from the shipment, it is found the items inside do not correspond to the items requisitioned. Such mix-ups are going to be more common among manufacturers who are new to the market, or are perhaps overloaded with clientele. To avoid this, you should order custom trays in dual shipments and keep firm records of contents when they arrive. The better organizations will certainly ship the right items without additional expense to the surgical practice in question. Such errors should not happen, but they are subject to human imperfection, and so they cannot be curtailed; only recognized and planned for.

Reusable Custom Trays

While it is possible to find custom trays that are reusable, and so won’t ever ship with the wrong contents, sterilization can be difficult on-the-fly, and unless some unique system be devised by your practice, will not be something that can be accomplished as quickly as simply opening a pre-sterilized pack. Still, some delicate procedures may require direct reusable customization.

How Custom Procedure Packs Reduce Emergency Surgery Response Times

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An Emergency, No Matter What Level

In the health profession, every emergency surgical procedure performed requires different medical instruments and tools. An emergency can be life-threatening where time is of the essence, or the situation is still an emergency, but there is time to treat the patient.

It makes no difference if the individual is already a patient in the hospital or awaits care in the hospital emergency room; time is of the essence in any urgent medical situation.

Who Uses Sterile Procedure Packs?

Each emergency requires a different set of medical tools and equipment to meet the emergency situation at hand. For instance, if the patient needs stitches the doctor would not use the same instruments for a patient requiring a tracheotomy. A surgical pack necessitates care in the following atmospheres.

  • Hospital emergency room
  • On the hospital medical floor
  • In the surgical operating room
  • On emergency ambulances
  • Extended care facilities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Medical clinics and more
  • Podiatrists
  • Dentist
  • Eye clinics

Benefits of Using Prepackaged Procedure Packs

Individualized and specialized tools found in a surgical pack expedites the patient’s treatment. If it were not for a particular surgical pack already made up and designed for specific emergency situations, the professional would have to hunt for each tool to meet the situation at hand.

A surgical pack allows for all tools in one single sterile package. The medical professional does not have to hunt for and gather the needed tools together when time is of the essence.

The benefits to having a sterile surgical pack ready for hospital personnel are as follows.

  • Saves the hospital time and money
  • Saves the doctor and nurse time
  • The patient receives the needed care promptly
  • Increases efficiency
  • Increase quality of patient care
  • Allows for better inventory management of medical equipment and the cost of using these tools for each procedure
  • Significantly reduces the amount of storage needed for equipment
  • Increases medical emergency response times

Autoclaving a Thing of the Past

Years ago hospitals sterilized all of their medical tools and equipment through a process called autoclaving. A sterilization room with autoclaves was where these packs were put together to store in moment’s notice.

Medical Manufacturers’ Role in Procedure Packs

These days’ medical manufacturers receive orders from health facilities to design and put together a particular surgical pack for all sorts of medical emergencies. The manufacturer is always looking to the medical community for support on how they can put a surgical pack together more efficiently, in a cost-effective manner.

It is through the efforts of the health community and health manufacturer they can provide to doctors and nurses the right surgical pack for the right time and place.

pre-packaged surgical pack is all set and ready to go with all the necessary sterilized tools needed to meet all emergencies. Those appointed the responsibility of ordering a surgical pack no longer have to account for every item or order each item individually as that person can now order the complete surgical pack.

What is Included in Procedure Packs

The list of sterile tools that medical professionals use every day is enormously wide and varied. The list below is just a few of the items found in a surgical pack.

  • Surgical swabs
  • Suture
  • Suture needles
  • Forceps
  • Dressings
  • Surgical blades
  • Sterile field drapes

Thanks to the combined efforts of medical professionals and manufacturers, a surgical pack has all the tools for the medical professional to meet the surgical needs of all patients.

An Emergency, No Matter What Level

In the health profession, every emergency surgical procedure performed requires different medical instruments and tools. An emergency can be life-threatening where time is of the essence, or the situation is still an emergency, but there is time to treat the patient.

It makes no difference if the individual is already a patient in the hospital or awaits care in the hospital emergency room; time is of the essence in any urgent medical situation.

Who Uses Sterile Procedure Packs?

Each emergency requires a different set of medical tools and equipment to meet the emergency situation at hand. For instance, if the patient needs stitches the doctor would not use the same instruments for a patient requiring a tracheotomy. A surgical pack necessitates care in the following atmospheres.

  • Hospital emergency room
  • On the hospital medical floor
  • In the surgical operating room
  • On emergency ambulances
  • Extended care facilities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Medical clinics and more
  • Podiatrists
  • Dentist
  • Eye clinics

Benefits of Using Prepackaged Procedure Packs

Individualized and specialized tools found in a surgical pack expedites the patient’s treatment. If it were not for a particular surgical pack already made up and designed for specific emergency situations, the professional would have to hunt for each tool to meet the situation at hand.

A surgical pack allows for all tools in one single sterile package. The medical professional does not have to hunt for and gather the needed tools together when time is of the essence.

The benefits to having a sterile surgical pack ready for hospital personnel are as follows.

  • Saves the hospital time and money
  • Saves the doctor and nurse time
  • The patient receives the needed care promptly
  • Increases efficiency
  • Increase quality of patient care
  • Allows for better inventory management of medical equipment and the cost of using these tools for each procedure
  • Significantly reduces the amount of storage needed for equipment
  • Increases medical emergency response times

Medical Manufacturers’ Role in Procedure Packs

These days’ medical manufacturers receive orders from health facilities to design and put together a particular surgical pack for all sorts of medical emergencies. The manufacturer is always looking to the medical community for support on how they can put a surgical pack together more efficiently, in a cost-effective manner.

It is through the efforts of the health community and health manufacturer they can provide to doctors and nurses the right surgical pack for the right time and place.

pre-packaged surgical pack is all set and ready to go with all the necessary sterilized tools needed to meet all emergencies. Those appointed the responsibility of ordering a surgical pack no longer have to account for every item or order each item individually as that person can now order the complete surgical pack.

What is Included in Procedure Packs

The list of sterile tools that medical professionals use every day is enormously wide and varied. The list below is just a few of the items found in a surgical pack.

  • Surgical swabs
  • Suture
  • Suture needles
  • Forceps
  • Dressings
  • Surgical blades
  • Sterile field drapes

Thanks to the combined efforts of medical professionals and manufacturers, a surgical pack has all the tools for the medical professional to meet the surgical needs of all patients.

Moist Heat Methods

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Heat therapy is beneficial for a number of different therapies. It can be used at home to treat minor discomfort or it can be used post-operatively as a way to increase blood flow to a certain area to aid in healing. The most effective moist heat methods are those that can maintain an appropriate temperature on their own without burning the patient while still providing enough heat for effectiveness. Ultimately you want the temperature to be warm enough to be absorbed deep down into the muscular level and moisture can help with this process.

The Difference

Moist heat and dry heat are both used for heat therapy. Dry heat is usually administered by way of an electric heating pad, sauna, etc. This therapy is designed to draw moisture out of the body and some people find it more comfortable and helpful. Moist heat on the other hand, is applies through a moist heating pack, hot bath or hot water bottle. Moist heat tends to provide more relief on a deeper level and is a bit easier to provide consistent temperatures.

Moist Heat Methods

Moist heat can be included in custom trays and can be applied a number of ways. These methods include:

  • Hot water bottle (Filled with a certain temperature of water and then applied to the body).
  • Heated gel packs (microwaved or heated in water; will remain warm for up to thirty minutes at a time).
  • Moist heat wraps (Can be used right up against the skin and can be concealed by clothing. Several hours of relief can be found with this method).

A medical professional can always advise the best ways to utilize moist heat methods no matter what the need may be. The duration that the heat should be applied as well as the frequency varies with each injury and is based off the magnitude of the issue. Usually, fifteen to twenty minutes is the amount of time that moist heat methods are applied; every two to three hours. Custom trays in medical facilities can include moist heat packs for post operative use to keep patients comfortable and promote healing faster. There are instances when cold therapy is recommended as well. Sometimes medical professionals like to alternate these treatments. For outpatient therapy, many patients have a preference when it comes to heat therapy and sometimes it takes trial and error to find out what will work the best for long term relief.

 

5 Reasons to have a custom surgical pack

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A custom surgical pack contains single-use devices that are necessary when medical clinicians are carrying out procedures. All these devices are packaged in a sterile pack that is delivered into surgeries. The medical device industry works with doctors and other medical clinicians in designing and delivering surgical pack in a timely and efficient manner. A surgical pack has a selection of components that includes; drapes, surgical swabs, sutures, surgical blades and wound dressing. Specialized devices such as cardiac catheters and implants can also be included. There are many benefits that come with using customized surgical packs, below are five reasons why you should consider a customized surgical pack.

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rol leaving patients less vulnerable to Healthcare Associated Infections.

  • By increasing the patients’ throughput and reducing response time, surgical packs improve the quality of service.
  • Since all the components are in one pack, they simplify batch traceability.
  • Due to the broad uptake of surgical packs, many procedures have been standardized across several institutions that use them, therefore, driving up quality.
  • Guidelines can be easily formulated by healthcare providers to properly assess themselves against set standards that may be deemed too rigid.
  • 4. Environmental

    The amount of waste generated by units can be reduced by up to 50%.

    5. Improves Efficiency

    The increased efficiency means that more procedures can be done in one day since the time for preparation is considerable. The waiting time for patients can be reduced, and their procedures carried out earlier.

    Custom Procedure Trays Improve Productivity

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    Custom trays are not only important for medical practitioners, but they are also important for anyone who needs to perform a medical role. The most important thing with your medical custom trays is understanding that if at any time someone actually does need something, they need to have what works the best and they need to have what is going to be the most efficient from every step of the way. With custom trays medical professionals can have just that, however, you need to be aware of a few of the following items.

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    ine regardless of who delivers them and who packs them, you also have to consider the general service you receive. When there are questions you need answered, changes in the order and packing preferences, or even just contact that you need to have in order to retain a strong relationship with your supplier, there are more than enough reasons why any business relationship needs to have strong communication. There are more than enough reasons to ensure you have strong communication and a great reputation with your suppliers, but at the end of the day you want to make sure you are simply receiving a quality product with the service that actually backs it up as well with your custom trays.

    Certifications and Partners

    Not only do you need to be aware of the product in general, but when it comes to custom trays you also have to understand you are getting a product certified by the professionals. There are more than enough players in the medical community, but there are absolutely more than enough ways to get checked out as well. When it comes to having top quality custom trays in the medical and surgical community as well, there are reasons you want to be known and one of those reasons is by the partnerships you have and the endorsements you have earned for your product.

     

    Does the Surgical Pack Reduce Costs


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    Qualified experts in cost management for Operating Rooms agree that the most cost effective innovation within the medical arena that has also been most productive in increasing quality of treatments plus eliminating waste is the implementation of surgical custom trays. Waste reduction is achieved by reducing overstocking, a custom trays improvement that also saves in personnel duties. The consequent reduction of medical hazard waste improves minimalizing of our carbon footprint while simultaneously increasing the treatment success for individual procedures and the more complicated surgical procedures.

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    cedure that is undertaken.

    • Single Use Products

    Sterile materials which are required for single use are packed in efficiency boosting single use individual custom trays. Compact custom trays save time and prevent unnecessary waste in performing those specific single use Operating Room procedures, and the custom trays are also quickly available for any repetitive procedures performed.

    Summary of Custom Tray Cost Reduction

    Your facility’s carbon footprint reduction and securing sustainable environmental practices without undermining any and all safety factors represents both a local and global importance. Custom surgical tray implementation always will drastically reduce the amount of packaging material and waste issues when compared to the use of individually packed and arranged instruments for your procedures. Packaging material weight due to the Operating Room’s implementaton of custom trays alone is reduced by 58%, usually resulting in one less waste bag in the Operating Room’s larger medical procedures. That reduction of one waste bag results in a reduction of the hospital’s global carbon footprint as well as your facility’s operating costs.

    The combined and assessed impact of custom trays’ utilization in reducing excess procurement stocking while effectively diminishing the carbon impact of medical waste can only be estimated, but the estimation suggests that the green earth improvement caused by this one professional innovation of custom trays in the Operating Room is of monumental global importance.

    How do custom surgical trays maximize efficiency

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    Custom surgical trays are every clinical staff’s favorite because they help get the job efficiently done. Medical facilities have appreciated the use of such surgical trays because they have noticed a great positive difference in their own medical service delivery. Patients’ lives have been saved, staff have become more efficient and the general environment around the hospital has adopted a more professional and efficient air. How do custom surgical trays maximize such efficiency within a medical facility?

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    Custom trays have been known to minimize costs within a medical facility. Overall pricing costs of surgical equipment have reduced thanks to bulk ordering of these procedure trays. Wastage of time and unneeded medical items has been eliminated and many other costs. This has resulted to many medical facilities saving good amounts of money and spending it on other aspects that promote more efficiency in medical service delivery.

    More Income Generated

    Medical facilities have also had more patients seeking their services thanks to well organized staff with all the necessary equipment required. This of course translates to more income for medical facilities, something that makes the facility improve the quality of their services. With more income a medical facility will also hire more medical staff to cater for an increasing number of patients.

    More Quality Control

    Many providers of custom surgical trays will hardly have delivery errors. However, in the event such an error occurs, the providers tend to make up for their mistake and deliver the correct procedure trays on time without passing on the expense to the medical facility. Because of that, many of the providers always ensure that all customized trays contain the exact content ordered and in the best quality.

    Efficiency in the Operating Theatre

    Customized procedure trays have been known to help in reducing complexity and costs, save time and contribute to maximum efficiency in the operating theatres. Most theatre staff absolutely love the simplicity, the convenience and most of all the efficiency associated with the customized trays. These kinds of procedure trays make their work easier; it is actually a way of “working smart” for the medical professionals.

    It is evident that customized trays promote efficiency in most medical facilities. Service delivery in the end is what counts and with the right surgical equipment, it is easier for the medical professionals using them to carry out their duties.

    How do custom procedure trays create cost savings?

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    Clinical staff in many medical facilities has been heard complaining many times of the disadvantages of the generic procedure trays. Medical facilities have turned to custom trays because they have seen how cost effective they are. No medical institution in the whole world likes to spend more than it should on expenses, and the use of custom trays is one way to make sure that costs are saved. But how do custom procedure trays create cost savings?

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    the balance. If someone is employed to prepare these trays to save medical personnel’s time, they will still have to be paid, and that is an extra expense for the facility. Having a custom procedure tray available within the facility will eliminate the wastage of time in equipment preparation and the additional costs of paying a nurse aide’s a salary to prepare the trays every day.

    Saves Advertising Costs

    When a medical facility staff operates thanks to customized procedure trays efficiently, the clients will be very happy with the medical services. This will eliminate the need to pay for advertising because the medical facility’s services will speak for the facility. Happy patients will no doubt spread the word to other patients who would love to get similar great quality services. In the end, there will be a great influx of patients which translates to more income for the medical facility and a lesser budget for marketing and advertising in the years to come.

    Saves Costs for the Patients Too

    When many patients are administered to, and they get better quickly in an efficiently run medical facility, they incur lower medical expenses. They tend to spend less on admission and medication since they have discharged quickly thanks to their quickly progressing recovery. Their quick recovery is of course courtesy of happy clinical personnel who have their customized procedure trays within reach and on time.

    There is no doubt that custom trays create cost saving in a medical facility. Many clinical professionals who have aired their opinions, have expressed their preference to the custom trays compared to the generic ones.

     

    How to Manage Custom Trays

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    Custom procedure trays provide an allowance for you to design your own tray to make sure it’s filled with surgical supplies and equipment you will require throughout your medical operations. Custom procedure trays are necessary since surgery methods may differ in particular scenarios. However, custom procedure trays are instruments that pose a danger not only to humans but also to the environment because they are not biodegradable. You must, therefore, be careful how you manage custom procedure trays s they can turn out to be detrimental to the patients, health facility staff and the hospital environment at large.

    Custom procedure trays, like other hospital equipment, if not properly managed, can be highly infectious and hazardous for human health through their ability to spread diseases. Nevertheless, this infectious attribute of custom procedure trays can always be prevented through indulging carefully in hospital waste management. Here is a brief overview of how custom procedure trays can be effectively managed.

    • Microwave treatment

    Microwave treatment is one of the numerous medical waste disposal techniques that could result in achieving the best possible results in matters regarding proper management of custom trays. This method uses heat to decontaminate waste such as an old custom procedure tray before disposal. The waste management system can only work with custom procedure trays and other solid medical equipment since the moisture in the microwave works wonders in ensuring deep penetration. Therefore, most types of waste required to be managed in this manner, including custom trays, should be shredded and mixed with water so as to achieve the best results.


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    How to Manage Custom Tray

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    The healthcare sector contributes a lot to the pollution of the environment which goes a long way in affecting the general human health. It contributes paradoxically to a myriad of environmental problems while concurrently forcing people to deal with the harmful effects it poses. This is due to the technology application in the industry as well as products and various applications. A custom tray, for instance, is one instrument that poses a danger not only to the environment but also to humans since it’s not biodegradable. This fact makes the health sector to maintain their standards of the sustainable organization.

    You must, therefore, be careful how you manage a custom tray as it can turn out to be detrimental to the health facility staff, the patients themselves and not to forget the hospital environment. Among the first issues you could consider is the creation of awareness among the hospital staff and the general public when it comes to the extent of damage a custom tray, among other hospital equipment, can pose when not disposed of properly. The various technicians and sanitary workers must be trained properly to know how to combat the menace.

    Among other hospital equipment, a custom tray, if not properly managed, can be hazardous and highly infectious for human health by its ability to spread diseases. The infectious attribute of this equipment can always be avoided by taking up the hospital waste management carefully. Here’s a quick overview of how a custom tray can be managed.

    • Chemical treatment

    This is one of the most effective on-site management for a custom tray. It usually works to deactivate and decontaminate among others, a custom tray, instead of packaging and taking them to another facility for the management. Often while using a custom tray in the theater, there is going to spills of body fluids in it. This means, if you carry them over to other places with the body fluids in them, you run the risk of causing infections to the patients and staff in the facility. The best way to handle it in such a situation is to treat it not far from where you have used it. In some other instances, you may need to shred the tray first before you can treat it with chemicals.

    Chemicals including chlorine, sodium hydroxide, or calcium hydroxide can be especially handy in doing this. Worth noting is that these products can sometimes produce undesired by-products and off-gas VOC’s when used in the treatment of custom trays among other equipment. As such, this is a process that has to be executed by knowledgeable staff to avoid creating, even more, problems to the environment and hospital staff. If you deem this method as not comfortable, you can opt for solidifying agents that will solidify the liquid in the custom tray and after that taking the waste to your medical waste removal professionals for disposal.

    • Microwave treatment

    This method uses heat to decontaminate waste like an old custom tray before disposal. The waste management system can only work with the custom tray and other solid medical equipment since the moisture in the microwave works magic in ensuring deep penetration. So, most types of waste that need to be managed in this manner, including a custom tray, should be shredded and mixed with water so as to get an excellent result

    There are numerous medical waste disposal techniques you can take up to manage a custom tray. Try the above for best results.