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Why use Single use, Disposable, Instruments


Why useBeehive Medical Solutions’
Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments:

Information available to healthcare professional has, in the past, offered rather mixed messages in relation to the efficacy of single use, disposable, surgical instruments.
Whilst presenting a very obvious solution to the time and cost involved in decontamination and sterilisation, there has also been concern in regard their safety and cost effectiveness of single use, disposable, surgical instruments.
As time has passed, and single use, disposable, surgical instruments have reduced in price and found a more mainstream use in a full variety of surgical procedures, the benefits can now be seen to far outweigh any possible disadvantage.
Decontamination & Sterilisation
With ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments there is an absolute guarantee that each examination will be performed with a completely clean and sterile instrument, since the Beehive Medical Solutions Single Use, Disposable, Instruments are disposed of after each procedure.
This also eliminates the need for a lengthy and costly decontamination processes seen with reusable instruments.
In the case of a smaller surgery or clinic, use of ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments therefore removes all of the costs and headaches associated with operating an autoclave, including  adherence to compliance regulations and expenditures such as the dead-time spent running decontamination cycles.
The HTM 2030 guidelines for National Decontamination mean that small practices and surgeries now have to comply with the same standards as set for Sterile Service facilities in NHS Acute Trusts, and achieving such compliance is a very significant cost in terms of both finances and manpower
Risk Management
Managing the risk of infection and cross-infection will be high on the agenda of every healthcare professionals.
The dangers posed by ‘prion diseases’ such as ‘Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease’ (vCJD), and the like, is a major consideration when considering a move to single use, disposable, surgical instruments. It is reported that the prion found in neurological tissue that infects a person with vCJD, is able to survive for up to 10 decontamination cycles, suggesting that many re-usable surgical instruments are actually being utilised in a contaminated state.
Selecting ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments therefore reduces the risk of iatrogenic infection and provides improved peace of mind for both surgeons and healthcare managers.
All Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments are marked with the internationally recognised sign for “Single Use” (see diagram) in accordance with the European standard BS EN930:2003. Anything that has this mark on it is a single use item intended for disposal after one patient use.
Instrument Traceability
Every item of the ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instrument range is individually traceable all the way back to its production date and batch, with a Trace ID Number clearly printed on the item wrapper label.
It is recommended that the Trace ID Numbers are recorded on the patient’s notes. This can be useful for investigation of complications occurring after the surgery is completed .
Logistics and Supplies
Expansion of the role of GP surgeries and the development of Poly-Clinics will see an increasing number of Minor Surgery procedures being carried out in Primary Care settings.
It is essential that such centres have sufficient quantities of ready-to-use sterile surgical equipment, but retaining stocks of expensive, reusable, surgical instruments is far from cost effective.
In addition, time constraints of sending reusable surgical instruments out to regional sterilisation centres will lead to delays in procedures and last minute cancellation of lists
Purchasing ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments allows the clinic to manage their own supplies in line with their demand, at low cost and with order fulfilment of just 48 hours.
Cost Allocation
With current financial constraints and an increasingly cost aware health service, it is important that the true cost of each procedure can be accurately assessed.
When opting for ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments and Procedure Packs, these cost are simple and easy to calculate.
However, attributing cost when using reusable surgical instruments is seldom as accurate, as the true cost of sterilisation and instrument tracking is difficult to record, with many costs hidden in utility bills and staffing costs.
Environmental Impact
Single use surgical instruments fall under the legal definition of clinical waste, and must be disposed of in accordance with national and European Clinical Waste regulations, which currently means they go for incineration and landfill, raising concerns as to their environmental impact.
However, it is important this is weighed against the true impact of reusable instruments.
A reusable surgical instrument has to undergo the thorough decontamination and sterilisation regime, which includes use of large amounts of water, detergent, steam & electricity, to prepare it for re-use. In addition, there may be transport considerations if the facilities are not on-site. The environmental impact of the use of these utilities and detergents must be assessed when comparing the ecological effects of single use to reusable instruments.
The relative cost of using ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments compares very favourably with the alternative of re-sterilisation of re-usable instruments, when one considers all the overheads associated with the latter option.
Staff time, equipment maintenance, utility consumption and replacement instruments are just some of the costs associated with in-house decontamination and sterilisation, along with the administration costs of instrument tracking and management.
Enforcement of the National Decontamination Strategy will only increase these expenses, as many autoclaves will need to be replaced with the latest compliant models and many buildings refurbished to allow for segregated ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ rooms.
Taken on balance then, it is evident that use of ‘Beehive Medical Solutions’ Single Use, Disposable, Surgical Instruments in place of re-usable instruments will generate:
  • Improved cost efficiency,
  • Improved clinical management,   &
  • Improved managerial peace of mind.

 Last Updated Oct 2014

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