standardized and tailored
No two hospital facilities have the exact same challenges or opportunities, nor are they at the same place in their clinical efficacy or facilities systems performance. This approach recognizes the necessary balance between providing value-driven products and honoring each organization’s unique culture. Each hospital will have comfort in knowing there are predictable programs, policies, procedures, and training delivered by seasoned staff.
Back Instrument Table Covers
Background: Covering the instrument table during surgery may decrease contamination. We hypothesized that 1) covering the instrument table in an operating room during static periods of non-use as well as dynamic periods of active use would dramatically decrease the bacterial bioburden on the table, and 2) the use of sterile plastic table covers would be equivalent to sterile impervious paper covers in reducing the bioburden in a dynamic environment.
Study Design: Bacterial contamination of the instrument table was evaluated by settle plates in static and dynamic ORs. Airborne particulate and bacterial contaminants were sampled throughout the room. Tested groups included instrument tables covered with sterile impervious paper covers, sterile plastic covers, or no covers.
Results: Covering the instrument table during static and dynamic operating room conditions resulted in a significantly decreased bacterial load on the instrument table. No differences were seen between paper and plastic covers.
Conclusion: A significant decrease in bacterial bioburden on the instrument table when the table was covered during static and dynamic periods was observed, suggesting a utility for covering the instrument table during periods of non-use as well as during active surgeries.