Operating Room Efficiency

In today’s Value-based Reimbursement model, understanding and mitigating ``cost leaks`` in your OR is a high-return place to start cost containment.

Protect your margins while delivering the best patient experience possible with HALYARD*.

Operating room delays translate to lost money by the minute

Operation room time delays are critical to the profitability of each patient case. Taken together, seemingly small delays can result in profit erosion for your entire hospital.

When you consider that over 61% of all surgical procedures experience a delay1, you may be giving away your profit margin without realizing it. With an average cost per operation room minute2 of $62, inefficiencies that cause delays can eat away at profits rapidly.

One key cause: Product waste.


For every three procedures with a delay, you’re giving one away at cost.

Implementing small changes to avoid or eliminate delays can have a direct and positive impact on your bottom line.

How does operating room product waste translate to delays?


Overall waste in a healthcare facility attributed to operating rooms³

Product waste encompasses things like: Results in:
PPE discarded due to inappropriateness for the taskTime needed to re-don
Inability to use breached surgical kits Waiting for a replacement
Surgical kits containing unnecessary itemsSlowed procedure process

Custom Procedure Trays

Custom surgical kits can help your staff maintain operating room efficiency and prevent surgery delays.

Our innovative solution is designed to assure you a reliable supply of the trays you need now – and for the long term. Additionally, our unique Americas-based kitting and supply chain for key components give you greater peace of mind.

Unmatched surgical portfolio

In addition to best-in-class products, we have a fully tiered portfolio to meet your clinical and financial needs at every level.

Better supply chain control

Our unique Americas-based kitting and supply chain for key components give you greater peace of mind.

Reliable supply even in times of crisis

With surgical gowns and drapes made in our own plants using our own fabric, we have the proven ability to ramp up quickly to meet demand during disasters and health crises.

HALYARD* Custom Procedure Trays

HALYARD* Custom Procedure Trays

Designed to provide exactly what is needed to prevent operating room delays
How to operate a more profitable O.R.

How to operate a more profitable O.R.

Read this breakdown on how to productively address OR inefficiencies

Ways to improve operating room efficiency

Two examples of how small changes can reverse delay trends include:

1. Choose Proper Surgical Gowns & Masks

Problem: Strikethrough on surgical gowns or face masks can occur as a result of wearing the wrong protection-level for the procedure. 

Delay time: 10-15-minutes to stop, re-scrub, replace mask, re-gown and re-glove.

Cost of Delay: $620 – $930

HALYARD Solution: With AERO SERIES* gowns from HALYARD*, the color difference makes it easy to choose between AAMI Level 3 protection (for most procedures) and AAMI Level 4 for longer, high-fluid procedures. Similarly, FLUIDSHIELD* ASTM-rated surgical masks help wearers choose the appropriate level of facial protection.


2. Use the Right Wrap & Containers

Problem: Tears in sterilization wrap or damaged instrument containers require replacement sets or re-sterilization.

Delay time: 8-60-minutes for flash sterilization or up to an hour to obtain a terminally-sterilized replacement set.

Cost of Delay: $496 – $3,720

HALYARD Solution: HALYARD* SMART-FOLD* Sterilization wrap has the highest level of bacterial filtration effectiveness—99.9%–and in the operating room, the convenient pull-tabs and patented design3 make aseptic presentation quicker than ever.

Our products, such as HALYARD* SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wraps and Custom Procedure Trays,

along with helpful guides to proper PPE selection can help your facility realize efficiencies and savings, with a positive impact on hospital profitability and patient outcomes.

HALYARD* SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wrap

HALYARD* SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wrap

Impact-resistant fabric and triple-layer reinforcement zones are engineered to protect your heaviest trays and loaner sets from tears and cuts in handling.

SMART-FOLD* Sterilization Wrap: features POWERGUARD* technology, for the highest level of bacterial filtration effectiveness—99.9%.

Wrap Description

  • Reference line for accurate tray placement
  • Handy positioning strips hold material in place for easier wrapping
  • Pull tabs for easy aseptic opening

  • Meets the ISO 11607 microbial barrier challenge, to protect instruments during storage, transport and handling
  • Fire resistant
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Impact-resistant fabric resists tears and cuts in handling

  • White inner sheet makes inspection up to 86% faster
  • Compatible with most common sterilization modalities: Pre-vacuum steam, Ethylene oxide
  • 61% more weight in critical zones

61% more weight in critical zones

61% more weight in critical zones

SMART-FOLD* Wrap has been designed with your toughest tasks in mind. Its impact-resistant fabric and triple-layer reinforcement zones are engineered to protect your heaviest trays and loaner sets from tears and cuts in handling.

59% faster wrapping⁴

Independent studies comparing SMART-FOLD* wrap to ONE-STEP* simultaneous wrap show significantly faster wrapping time. Designed-in reference lines and positioning strips make wrapping a breeze. And the savings are even greater—70% faster—compared with sequential wrapping methods. In the OR our convenient pull-tabs and patented design⁵ make aseptic presentation quicker than ever.

86% faster inspections⁴

The sturdy fabric and extra reinforcement make damage to SMART-FOLD* wrap less likely, but, if a breach has occurred, the unique white inner fabric layer makes it easy to check for any tears or cuts. That’s why over 96% of users in a clinical evaluation¹ rated new SMART-FOLD* Wrap “Easy” to “Very Easy” to use. Plus, it’s so easy and intuitive; it cuts training time by 43%--or more!

SMART-FOLD* in the OR: Unwrapping and Removal

Additional products to optimize the O.R.

HALYARD* AERO BLUE* Performance Surgical Gown

HALYARD* AERO BLUE* Performance Surgical Gown

HALYARD* AERO CHROME* Breathable Performance Surgical Gown

HALYARD* AERO CHROME* Breathable Performance Surgical Gown

FLUIDSHIELD* Level 3 Fog-Free Surgical Mask

FLUIDSHIELD* Level 3 Fog-Free Surgical Mask

Design an efficiency plan that’s right for your O.R.

Every operating room has unique needs and requirements.

That’s why HALYARD* brings you custom-designed services and solutions to target the areas you wish to improve.

The Right Protection at the Right Price

HALYARD* drapes6 and gowns are flame-, fluid-, and lint-resistant, providing excellent protection for your staff and patients. We’ll help you select the right product at the right price for every procedure.

Custom Pack Transparency

Halyard can help you break the cycle of increasing custom pack costs. We’ll work with your custom tray provider to understand your pricing and implement changes that will save you money.

More Than a Blueprint

Think of your HALYARD OR Design team as an ongoing resource. We’ll be with you all the way, working with your staff to bring your customized plan to life and ensure you get the savings and efficiency benefits we’ve identified.

Average savings on surgical supplies


For customers who have conducted facility-wide utilization reviews with HALYARD. For many hospitals, that’s tens of thousands of dollars every year.

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  1. Van Winkle, Rachelle A., et al. Operating Room Delays: Meaningful Use in Electronic Health Record, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2016:1.
  2. Girotto, J A., et al. Optimizing your operating room: Or, why large, traditional hospitals don’t work. International Journal of Surgery. 2010; 8(5): 359-67.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1743919110000804
  3. Axelrod D, Bell C, Feldman J et all. Greening the Operating Room and Perioperative Area: Environment Sustainability for Anesthesia Practice. American Society of Anesthesiologists; 2017
  4. Study comparing Kimguard* SMART-FOLD* Wrap to Kimguard One-Step* Sterilization Wrap, Kurt Salmon and Associates, 2011.
  5. Halyard product specifications. US Patent No. US8261963
  6. Exclusive of H100 Drapes