Fundamental Change for PhysiciansImproving productivity, decreasing surgical site infections, and eliminating sterilization costs associated with reusable instrumentation.
Direct Lateral Approach
Posterolateral Oblique Approach
In 2018, a medical center published data showing that contaminated instrumentation represented 85% of the reported issues with their reusable surgical instruments. The top two reported adverse events were surgical site infections and increased operative times caused by the re-sterilization of instruments1. A prospective randomized bicentric study of single-use instrumentation used in lumbar spinal fusions also showed a decreased incidence of surgical site infections2.
1. Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event. Procedure-Associated Module SSI, Jan. 2018, p. 1., www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/pscManual/9pscSSIcurrent.pdf.
2. Litrico S, et al. Single-use instrumentation in posterior lumbar fusion could decrease incidence of surgical site infection: a prospective bi-centric study. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2016 Jan;26(1):21-6. doi: 10.1007/s00590-015-1692-4. Epub 2015 Sep 1.
Processing Time Saved
1 minute – Open Box & remove instruments
60 minutes – Surgery
1 minutes – Dispose of kit
2 minutes – Reorder kit
5 minutes – Unwrap kit, check for holes & bioburden
5 minutes – layout and assemble instruments
60 minutes – Surgery
20 minutes – Collect tray
10 minutes – Transport to CPD
30 minutes – Manually wash
60 minutes – Mechanically wash
30 minutes – Inspection
20 minutes – Re-assemble
180 minutes – Re-sterilize
Reducing surgical site infections
Reusable tools get dull and carry infection risk. Manual and machine cleaning leaves bioburden behind mating surfaces. Disposable procedure kits offer a safer option compared to traditional equipment.
Holes in wrappers cause delays and infections. Holes are identified as much as 5% at large academic hospitals with possibly more going unnoticed. This raises the risk of bacteria contamination, which can occur through a hole as small as 1.1 mm.