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Surgical instrument marking and managing risk.

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Feb-2016 14:10:42 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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Infection control and laser etching medical instruments.

In my blog What you need to know about Surgical Instrument Direct Part Marking (DPM), I wrote about the benefits of surgical instrument marking.  I also touched on some lesser known but important aspects that need to be considered.

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5 Tips for Setting Up Surgical Instrument Tracking Naming Conventions

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Dec-2015 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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The ability to quickly retrieve and return of instruments is one of the important benefits that a surgical insrument tracking solution can provide.

If you are considering an instrument tracking solution, then the tips in this blog will hopefully make your life easier down the track.

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What you need to know about Surgical Instrument Direct Part Marking (DPM)

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Dec-2015 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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Introduction


Just about everyone these days wants their surgical instruments etched with 2D data matrix barcodes. There are plenty of benefits to be gained from doing so.

It speeds up the instrument assembly process and reduces the need for your people to memorise instrument names. The assembly process becomes very simple. Team members scan a barcode on an instrument and the computer tells them if it’s the right one or not and when the tray is complete.

 

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Learn how to ensure your ophthalmic centre complies with AS4187

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Sep-2015 06:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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On the 15th December last year, a new version of AS/NZS 4187 was released. The standard is complex and there is so much to understand. There are many requirements. So what can you do to ensure your ophthalmic centre is compliant?

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[AS/NZS4187 - 2014] Reprocessing flexible endoscopes: what's changed?

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Sep-2015 10:42:45 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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Previously I wrote about the new version  of AS/NZS 4187 (what it means for day surgeries and a reference table to AS4187 terminology for CDS Managers) which was released on the 15th December last year. It has brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. In this blog post I discuss the standard's application to the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.

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Here's how to make sense of the AS4187 categorisation of instrument product families

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Aug-2015 14:37:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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The new version of AS4187 (AS/NZS 4187) released on the 15th December last year brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. One of the most significant changes is the standards reference to Product Families.

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AS/NZS4187: what it means for office based health care facilities.

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Aug-2015 07:13:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, AS/NZS4187

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A new version of AS/NZS 4187 was released on the 15th December last year and, given that there is a 2 year adoption period specified, office based healthcare facilities in particular need to familiairise themselves with this updated standard.

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How to prevent laser etching from compromising infection control

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Jun-2015 09:49:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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Optimising the Lifespan of Surgical Instruments

Laser etching of surgical instruments with 2D Data Matrix barcodes is increasingly being considered by healthcare facilities.  These laser markings facilitate individual level instrument tracking, quick identification and assembly of instruments sets. However studies have shown that marking of stainless steel alters the surface composition and degrades the natural passive layer resulting in a mark that is  susceptible to corrosion. When this happens, both infection control and the lifespan of your surgical instruments are compromised. Indeed stories frequently circulate through medical instrument circles about instruments rusting and needing to be destroyed. 

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