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Category: Infection Control
Product description and innovation synopsis:
Uncoordinated closing activities and breaks in the sterile field increase the risk of wound contamination. This innovative colored-coded, sterile surgical closure kit helps ensure consistent aseptic technique by standardizing the process. Available in standard or customized versions, the kit follows a facility’s procedures and protocols. An inconsistent surgical closing process is a major cause of Surgery Site Infections (SSIs). Standardizing the closing process may help keep patients safe and improve outcomes, especially for common high-risk surgeries, such as colon and rectal cancer procedures.
What sets this product apart from others available in the industry?
The new color-coded Sterilized Surgical Closure Kit helps clinicians close with confidence. Here’s how:
- Communicates to the surgical team the start of the closing process
- Dual table setup (operative and closure) ensures separation of clean and contaminated disposable supplies and instrumentation
- Distinct color clearly contrasts sterile components from contaminated supplies
- Reminds surgical team to transition to sterile gowns and gloves
- Follows AORN guidelines to establish sterile technique
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
Clean contaminated procedure are at the highest risk for an SSI (5-30 percent), therefore creating a clear delineation for practice transitions using clean closing supplies will benefit the surgical team by avoiding unintentional cross contamination. This solution will complement SSI reduction initiatives, and specifically address the intra-operative aseptic technique practice for improved clinical outcomes that are being measured up to 90 days post-surgery.
The ERASESSI solution gives the surgical team the ability to clearly define closure instruments and PPE through a basic visual cue increasing compliance and staff awareness. Using clean instruments lessens the patient’s risk of acquiring an SSI.