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.

InstruSafe Launches Trays for da Vinci SP Surgical System Instrumentation

InstruSafe Instrument Protection Trays by Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, announced the release of eight new trays designed in collaboration with Intuitive Surgical to accommodate the newest da Vinci Surgical System Instrumentation. The instrumentation, which is identified as the da Vinci SP Surgical System, was launched on May 31.

“We have been designing trays for Intuitive Surgical products since 1999, and actively collaborating with them since 2009,” said Marcus Super, director of sales and marketing. “The long-standing relationship we have with the company, and the confidence they have in the InstruSafe brand, is a testament to the quality of our product and its ability to provide the highest level of protection to the instrumentation it holds.”

InstruSafe Trays provide 360 degrees of protection for instruments during sterilization, transportation and storage. They are validated for steam sterilization in the sterile wrap configuration for the da Vinci SP instrumentation.

The trays for the new system’s instrumentation are now available for purchase and consist of instrument, procedure and accessory trays, each holding a range of one to six instruments. All of the trays in the newly developed suite have been designed specifically for da Vinci SP Surgical System instrumentation.

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