The challenge for perioperative, sterile processing department (SPD) and supply chain managers, is providing surgeons with the specific instrument they need to perform a procedure, while keeping costs under control.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has put managers under additional pressure to reduce cost and improve quality.
Streamline, Simplify, and Standardize Laparoscopic Surgery
Standardizing surgical instruments used in various laparoscopic procedures can control costs, increase instrument processing efficiency, and help train instrument-processing personnel.
Perioperative and SPD managers have been standardizing instrument trays used in open surgical procedures for decades.
Multiple studies have shown that standardization of instruments can result in significant cost savings without impacting quality or delivery of care.
The goal of instrument standardization is to identify one pattern of a specific instrument to be included throughout all the instrument sets being used.
This facilitates SPD’s ability to replace missing or broken instruments in instrument sets, and the surgeon’s comfort level when using standard instruments in different sets.
It also reduces training time for processing personnel, as there are fewer specific instrument patterns to learn.
AED’s Precise Laparoscopy Instruments
To meet the instrument standardization challenge, Advanced Endoscopy Devices (AED) has developed the Precise line of laparoscopic instruments.
Precise was designed with safety and standardization in mind.
The modular designs help with thorough and effective cleaning and easy assembly, which simplifies reprocessing and allows for complete sterilization reducing the risks for cross-contamination.
Instrument shafts are available in 5mm and 10mm outer diameters and are coated with a high-tech polymer that provides secure insulation for electrosurgical safety.
The ergonomically designed, lightweight polymer handles provide surgeons with tactile feedback and reduce fatigue during more demanding procedures.
The oversized rotator enables easy 360° jaw rotation for precise positioning.
The First of its Kind
AED is the first company to offer colored rotator caps so different types of instruments can be instantly identified at a glance without having to look at the jaws.
With 42 jaw styles and 33cm & 45cm working lengths, Precise provides a singular system for laparoscopic surgery.
Using the same handle designs, AED has also developed a complete line of mini (3.5mm) and micro (2.8mm) outer diameter instruments.
Surgeons can be assured that they will have the same ergonomic handles, tactile feedback, and precise rotation across the entire surgical spectrum.
SPD personnel can have a single instrument family that is disassembled, cleaned, and sterilized the same way.
How AED Makes it Possible
AED utilizes its over 30 years of instrument manufacturing expertise and online direct sales model to provide supply chain managers with a brand new complete Precise instrument for $249, which probably is the price they are used to paying for a single instrument component or instrument repair.
With the Precise line of laparoscopy instruments, AED makes it possible for hospitals to standardize with all new instruments at an affordable price.