Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Humbles LapWrap Positioning Pad Provides More Security

The Humbles LapWrap Positioning Pad, from Innovative Medical Products, secures patients’ arms by their sides during surgery. The LapWrap helps prevent shoulder injuries by not allowing a patient’s arm to fall from the side of the operating table. It also protects neurological structures by preventing hyperextension of the elbow. The easy-to-use, soft-foam pad not only positions patients’ arms but also allows access for IV tubes and leads for anesthesia.

Providing more security for the patient and more versatility for the surgical team with its hook and loop material, the LapWrap is designed to meet AORN recommendations in “Recommended practices for positioning the patient in the perioperative practice setting” to prevent tissue injury and ischemia often caused by tucking patients’ arms at their sides.

As one surgeon, who successfully tried the LapWrap pad, remarked, “It used to be a hassle tucking arms and this product makes it simple with its soft foam padding protecting the patient. I’ve asked to have it used in all my [surgical] cases.”

The Humbles LapWrap is laminated on both sides with loop material and has additional hook fasteners on the center cut-out strap providing more options for securing the patient. This allows the positioner’s latex-free foam straps, for example, to be placed between the operating table and the side rail, wrapped around the side rail and then back onto themselves for extra security. This addition helps to secure the patient directly to the OR table. The IMP positioning pad also comes with optional extension fasteners giving the surgical team more flexibility in securing patients during bariatric procedures.

The LapWrap is manufactured for single use and is universally sized to accommodate any patient. In addition, the innovative device protects the neurological structures of the elbow and acts as a warming blanket for the patient. Used with hook and loop fasteners, the LapWrap is simply configured for quick, easy securing of a patient’s arms and can be trimmed with scissors for better viewing of wire leads, tubing or connections.



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