How can single-use devices help in the fights against SSIs?
The risk of surgery doesn't start and end with the procedure. There are dangers associated with the recovery process, namely in the form of surgical site infections. And although you may oversee an incredibly diligent medical practice in terms of cleanliness, there will invariably be some risk that an SSI could occur. As Johns Hopkins Medicine explained, SSIs occur because the body's first defense against infection, the skin, is compromised during surgery, exposing the body to risk in the area where intervention occurred. Thankfully, there is a simple strategy your medical practice can employ to reduce the risk of surgical site infections even further – using single-use devices. Read on to discover more:
Surgical Site Infections
Although the risk is low – estimated to be around 1 to 3 percent – SSIs can target anyone after a surgical procedure. As outlined by Johns Hopkins Medicine, however, some demographics are more vulnerable than the general population: the overweight, elderly and those experiencing chronic conditions such as cancer.
"Minor infections typically occur in the skin surrounding the wound."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, SSIs can range from minor to serious: Minor infections typically occur in the skin surrounding the wound, while more serious cases can involve infection of the muscles tissues and organs. Johns Hopkins Medicine detailed that SSIs are typically caused by several forms of bacteria – pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus – all of which are common and difficult to avoid. Indeed, the germs can be found in the air, on reusable surgical instruments and in the patient's body. The ubiquitous nature of these germs means that eliminating the risk of an SSI entirely is virtually impossible.
Common symptoms of SSIs include discharge, puss and fluid escaping from the wound, fever, aches and pains and inflammation around the surgical site. Aside from extreme cases, which may necessitate further surgical intervention, SSIs can be treated with antibiotics, the CDC explained. Of course, the alarming increase in antibiotic resistance continues to erode the effectiveness of this strategy.
Your single-use solution
Although SSIs are treatable, it's still important to implement as many approaches as possible to prevent them from occurring. After all, SSIs can be uncomfortable and painful for patients and can reflect poorly on the reputation of your practice, even if you have followed rigorous hygiene mandates. Aside from taking the usual steps to prevent the spread of SSIs, including using disinfectant on the wound and having all surgeons vigorously wash their hands, using single-use surgical devices, such as the range offered by OBP Medical, can help reduce the threat of SSIs significantly. The danger is curtailed because single-use tools come pre-packaged and are used only once before being thrown away – this removes the threat of cross-contamination of germs which is posed by reusuable surgical tools.
The ONETRAC Single-Use Cordless Surgical Retractor in particular is easy to use, cost-efficient, safe in terms of eliminating the risk of cross contamination and also highly efficient – time spent cleaning medical tools after surgery is eliminated. The tool even comes equipped with a built-in light source, which is powered by alkaline batteries. The light source is low heat, meaning that the tool is safe to dispose of at any time, even if the light is still shining.
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