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What are Non-Sterile Kits?

Sterile and Non-Sterile Kits

Every procedure carried out within the medical profession requires specific equipment to do the procedure. This medical environment can include,

  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Hospital beside treatments and procedures
  • A doctor’s office of any and all types
  • Custom Trays in a dental office
  • Eye care offices
  • Laboratories
  • Clinics and anywhere a sterile or non-sterile medical kit are needed.

When there is an absence of microorganisms in a procedure kit, it is deemed as sterile. A non-sterile kit protects the patient against pathogenic microorganisms such as in the use of custom trays.

Why Prepackaged Sterile and Non-sterile Kits?

Medical kits are, for the most part, assembled and put together by many different companies and shipped to their health care destination, like dentist offices.

These companies collect specific tools and equipment in each kit specified to the procedure they are intended, such as custom trays. Prepackaged kits save time and money for the medical professional and patient.

Prepackaged sterile and non-sterile kits adhere to universal protocols and are compliant with global rules and regulations.

Difference between Sterile and Non-sterile

Medical kits can be sterile; meaning free of any and all bacteria and germs, and microorganisms.

These packages can be non-sterile meaning that they are not free from germs or microorganisms.

Sterile kits accede to the strictest of standards and regulations about infection control techniques to decrease the risks of contamination with bacteria and harmful organisms.

In these instances, a sterile environment surrounds the work area allowing for the continuation of sterile work to progress and provides the maintenance of a sterile field until the professional completes their work.

A non-sterile kit for custom trays is pristinely clean but not germ-free. Germs are not seen by the human eye, except under a microscope. These non-sterile kits are strictly cleaned and ready for non-sterile procedures.

There are limitless non-sterile procedures within the medical profession, which when performed demands the use of a non-sterile kit, no matter what environment,

  • Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Doctor’s office
  • Dental office for custom trays and much more

Non-sterile kits contain the necessary contents needed for non-sterile procedures. Non-sterile kits are prepackaged with all the necessary materials to carry out a particular procedure, such as when checking in a patient for dental surgery. No medical professional considers using a non-sterile kit for a sterile procedure. Meaning that the medical professional must take all precautions not to introduce any microorganisms into a patient, giving these germs a chance to grow and multiply causing more problems for the patient.

An example of a medical professional carrying out a “clean, not sterile” procedure may be in the fitting of custom trays.

Non-sterile kits can contain disposable gowns, masks, gloves, needed to carry out a non-sterile procedure such as in the fitting of custom trays.

Non-sterile kits are designed, for many non-sterile procedures, to reduce the number of pathogenic microorganisms.

Non-sterile kits, when used, for custom trays, help the patient to fight present infection and to spread further infection in the patient.

In Conclusion

One of the first things that a medical professional learns is the difference between sterile and non-sterile kits.

A dental professional determines the difference between sterile and non-sterile procedures and the kits used in custom trays.

Using a non-sterile kit for a sterile procedure breaks all the rules and regulations as set by the CDC and harms the patient.

Using a sterile kit for a non-sterile procedure such as custom trays is a waste of tax payer’s dollars, raises costs for the institution, insurance company, and patient.