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What Are Non-Sterile Kits in Custom Procedure Trays?


Custom procedure trays are made up of various solutions, instruments, and dressings of which are disposable (one time use,) or some of the items and instruments in these kits are re-cleaned and re-sterilized for the next use.

Custom procedure trays contain all the elements for specific medical procedures of an endless list. These custom procedure trays are in use within all areas of the medical industry, including dental offices, and eye care centers.

Third Party Trays

Sometimes these custom procedure trays are put together by third party companies to save the facility from hiring teams to put together these kits and install an autoclave or sterilization room.

These trays save medical professional time when taking care of the patient. Custom procedure trays help to simplify any medical procedure no matter how complicated or simple the procedure.

Facility Specific Trays

Many medical facilities are doing what they did years ago to save money. Facilities are designed sterilization and packing rooms on site with a team of trained professionals who put all kinds of sterile and non-sterile custom trays together, thus saving money from middleman costs. The patient saves money in this process.

Custom procedure trays can be sterile set-up or non-sterile setups.

The purpose for a custom procedure tray,

  • Saves the professional time
  • All items in a kit are at hand, eliminating the need to hunt for supplies
  • The patient receives quick care
  • Provides more efficient patient care
  • Packages are stored in one location
  • Reduces human error
  • Non-sterile kits in custom procedure trays are used
  • Few human touch to equipment items improving infection control
  • Only one expiration date instead of one date for all items
  • Improves accuracy

Sterile Procedure Trays

Sterile, used in custom procedure trays means that the inside of the kit and all contents are sterilized so that there remains no living germs or bacteria. These sterile trays are aseptic and safe to the patient meaning that no bacteria or microorganisms can be introduced on or into the patient.

Sterile Tray Setups can be Disposable or Non-disposable

These sterile trays contain all the specific and necessary equipment to complete a sterile procedure. When a doctor or nurse needs to break the patient’s skin surface all tools including gloves and drapes, must be sterile to protect the patient from infection risk and further problems after the procedure. These sterile trays are,

  • Simple in design
  • Sterile instruments are examined for cleanliness before packaging
  • Includes all necessary sterile equipment for specific procedures
  • More efficient
  • Saves time
  • Protects the patient
  • Improves infection control
  • All kit contents are inspected for imperfections and replaced before packaging
  • Adheres to facility and Federal regulations

Non-Sterile Custom Procedure Trays

These trays are not sterile. These custom procedure trays are not free from germs or bacteria and are used in procedures that do not introduce bacteria or germs to the patient.

Non-sterile custom procedure trays are available for some of the following non-sterile procedures, but not limited to these few examples.

  • Mop heads
  • Patient lift sheets
  • Absorbent towels
  • Admission Kits
  • Isolation kits or toxic waste bags
  • Arm board covers
  • Straps
  • Waste bags
  • Surgical admissions

These non-sterile procedure trays contain essential equipment. Custom procedure trays offer efficiency and ease for the patient and professional. Using these trays helps the facility to remain in compliance with policy and procedures, also abiding by Federal guidelines.

Facility Policy and Procedures Regarding Non-Sterile Custom Trays

It is the policy and procedure of each medical facility, office, or clinic to routinely evaluate the necessity of each non-sterile custom tray and reevaluate the need for additional or the deletion of equipment contained in each tray.