The debate about reusable versus single use instruments is rife – every surgeon has their preference, but the question still remains, can reusable instruments ever actually be completely clean?
I have recently had the pleasure to write a feature for the Clinical Services Journal on this topic on behalf of one of my clients, Single Use Surgical – a company that was established as a direct response to UK hospitals’ concerns over cleaning practices.
Based in Cardiff, Single Use Surgical pride themselves on taking difficult-to-clean surgical equipment and offering high quality, single use alternatives. Their ethos is simple – to produce instruments that are sterile, efficient and manufactured to the highest standards, all carefully designed to put patients first and reduce the risk of cross contamination.
“Reusing surgical instruments poses an increased risk of patient-to-patient cross-infection,” said Michael Denver, Export Manager at the company. He continues, “it is a hidden threat in the operating theatre and is the reason why Single Use Surgical was set up. Local hospitals identified that fine lumen suction tubes used in surgery posed a high risk of patient-to-patient cross infection due to them being too difficult to clean. Since this day, we have worked closely with surgeons to develop single use equivalents that are ergonomic, cost effective and made to the highest standards.”
The full article can be found in this month’s Clinical Services Journal page 33-34.