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Friday, December 30th, 2016

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a study at Johns Hopkins University.

That’s why it’s critical that hospital staff are working to maintain the highest standard of systems organization, cleanliness and hygiene at the facility. Operating room medical transgressions and errors can include: poor operating room performance, instrument contamination, mislabeling of implants, dropping, losing, or contaminating implants in surgery, and inadequate product storage and retrieval practices or improper sterilization protocol.

Variations in those systems as referenced in the study at Johns Hopkins University, are among many reasons why scrub technicians and surgical representatives should have thorough knowledge of implants and techniques to lend assistance toward the use of a device or product, and support a successful surgical procedure. This collaboration is an example of what Hospitals and Surgeons depend on in a carefully orchestrated team to assist the surgeon in performing at his or her best ability. They rely on a well-organized scheduling system and staff that are both knowledgeable, and experienced in their specialization.

Surgeons also require that their catalog of instrumentation be adequately stocked, sterilized and the appropriate implants available. Keeping implants secure, safe, and accurately stocked is vital to the safety and efficacy of the surgery.

Given the vast space requirements, cost, technology and possible approaches toward a type of surgery, it is improbable that a hospital has in stock the system, implant, or product requested by the performing surgeon and therefore will need to request it from the manufacturer or distributor prior to surgery.

A sterilization protocol for implants may take upwards of five hours and it can be required that the systems and implants are processed, ready, and available prior to staff escorting the patient into the operating theatre. So, in preparation for surgery, often; hospitals may request delivery for sterilization 24-48 hours prior to a surgery commencing and that request can pose significant logistical issues for the manufacturer or distributor. So, it is possible that a requested product could be delivered late or near to the point of cut-off; potentially forcing the sterilization department to rush with their protocol and risk error or contamination.

So, a safe and successful surgery can potentially be contingent on properly available and sterilized inventory.

Orbbo Surgical’s implants are pre-sterilized and readily available — drastically reducing the risk of contamination or infection and improving surgical schedules. This can result in effective case flow, satisfactory patient experience, and improved revenue for the facility and provider. We encourage a high level of communication with our surgeons and document feedback and requests to ensure that our services and products are up to date and streamlined.

Working with a manufacturer who cares about the safety and efficacy of your operating room is an important step toward preventing mistakes and oversights in the surgical environment and can improve the safety of the operating room.

Orbbo delivers technology to help enrich lives and achieve desired outcomes. Comprehensive instrumentation delivers adaptable solutions to address individual surgeon requirements in support of their preferred techniques.

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