A single instrument in a hospital setting could be used hundreds of times for different patients and procedures. If you think about this in detail, it seems pretty gross!
This is why sterile storage and the process of sterilizing these instruments is so crucial. The wrong sterilization units can reverse the process entirely and cause these instruments to be contaminated with fungi, bacteria, viruses and more!
Sterilizers in hospitals cover a variety of different needs in the varying hospital settings. There are two different kinds of sterility packaging in every hospital: reusable and disposable.
A healthcare professional working in a sterile unit does not sterilize or reuse a disposable item after it has been opened from its package.
The sterilization process kills all forms of bacteria, fungi, viruses, spores, and other harmful items that attach themselves to medical items used on a daily basis. Essentially, when something is sterilized it is done for the safety of the patient. This keeps Hospital Acquired Infections to a minimum.
Sterile Storage units are used to hold everyday items inside of them and keep them clean. A list of common items stored in these units are:
The main issue that can arise from a lack of correct sterile storage is Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). HAIs are infections that patients receive during their treatment for medical or surgical conditions.
Infections can occur after procedures from using dirty medical implements. This is a common issue of why patients who are discharged come back so soon. They get a number of different infections and have to be treated for them.
In 2011, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that over 721, 800 HAIs occurred in hospitals. The most common infections were Pneumonia, Gastrointestinal Illnesses, Urinary Tract Infections, and Primary Bloodstream Infections.
While the sterilization process does not happen in FlowCARE systems, our nurse server holds these sterile items. This type of sterile storage is known decentralized storage.
Decentralized means small quantities of sterile items are stored close to the treatment or procedure area and are monitored by staff. A decentralized sterile storage unit can be located near the patient’s bedside, during a surgery, or other places where they are within arm's length in the event they become necessary.
FlowCARE Nurse Server keeps HAIs to a minimum. This is because of the type of materials FlowCARE is made from - steel and laminate.
Steel is a better option because it can be easily cleaned and is non-porous so there is no chance of bacteria or fungi penetrating the storage unit. Additionally, steel lasts for over 10 years.
Laminate is a great option as well, but it can break down over time which can cause bacteria and fungi to attach to the storage unit. We offer FlowCARE in laminate materials for hospitals seeking a more cost-effective way of storing their sterile instruments!
FlowCARE Nurse Server is made with nurses and patients in mind. Our nurse server is conveniently located 10 steps from the patient's bed size. It was designed with organization in mind. Our nurse server is manufactured in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information, contact us today!
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Hospitals work hard each and every day of the year to heal vulnerable patients. With many patients comes many medical supplies, but medical supplies must be reused and cleaned after each patient to ensure proper sanitation. However, this is not always the case, as hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) account for 99,000 deaths in United States hospitals each yeacontinue Reading
As hospital acquired infections affect more than a million people a year, you might start to rethink if these medical instruments are actually “sterile.” The sterilization process of these instruments are so crucial, and even the slightest mess up could reverse the whole thing completely, making the supplies contaminated with bacteria, fungi, viruses and more!continue Reading