Air-Tight and Under Wraps: Sustainable Sterile Instrument Storage and Containers

Cory Ezell, North America Sales Director for BELINTRA, partnering with O&M Halyard shares insights on how HALYARD* and BELINTRA SMART-FOLD* STERISYSTEM® is providing a comprehensive solution to help reduce breaches while limiting touch points of sterilization trays as part of the Healthcare Purchasing News article Air-tight and under wraps: Sustainable sterile instrument storage and containers. Below are excerpts from the article.

Solutions for safer and more effective storage

Manufacturers are constantly innovating ways to better protect and organize instruments at each stage of their journey, including each step of processing and storage in the CS/SPD department, transport to procedural areas and use, and back to the CS/SPD space. From providing effective sterile barriers for instrument trays, to storing all sizes of supplies, here is a look at just a handful of the solutions on the market today.

Reduced touchpoints for sterile barrier protection

“While sterilization wrap offers tremendous properties to allow sterilant to enter and escape during a steam or other type of sterilization process, some products can experience tears, cuts or holes,” said Cory Ezell, North America Sales Director for Belintra, partnering with O&M HALYARD. “To greatly reduce these breaches, it’s not only about having a wrap that’s durable, but it’s also about limiting the number of times a tray is touched or handled post sterilization.”

Ezell notes how tray touchpoints are an important consideration during tray storage and transport to the OR, and points to the combined HALYARD* SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wrap with the BELINTRA STERIYSTEM storage and transport system as a way to minimize touchpoints during these processes. He describes how it works:

“A wrapped instrument tray is placed on an enhanced shelving unit that’s used to store and transport the tray during its journey to the OR. With the shelving unit on the receiving end of any touchpoints, the wrapped, sterilized instrument tray is not touched again during the transport process until it reaches the OR.”

“When trays are being stored, it’s also important to eliminate stacking,” Ezell added. “This common practice can create more opportunities for breaches, but with the height-adjustable and space saving HALYARD and BELINTRA STERISYSTEM, all the wrapped packaging and soft goods necessary for one procedure can be accommodated without stacking.”

Published in Healthcare Purchasing News
September 22, 2022
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