A sterile, cost-effective, time-saving alternative to cloth bundling for patient protection and support in the O.R. In place of cloth bundling, Innovative Medical Products created the Universal SteriBump®, a latex-free, contoured, polyurethane foam block with a closed cell geometry, to significantly reduce foreign particulates during surgery. Protected by guaranteed sterile packaging, and ready to use for multiple applications, the SteriBump® ensures product sterility while providing the patient and the surgical team a physical platform that can securely elevate a patient’s limb in the sterile field when required.
The most frequently identified debris contributing to post-surgical complications are lint and fibers. Where do lint fibers come from? One study found that cotton huck towels are the #1 producer of lint which has been identified as the most frequent contaminant carrier contributing to post-surgical complications. Lint fiber contaminates can carry microorganisms that are capable of increasing a patients infection risk, such as producing adhesions, infections, granulomas, and blood clots.*
Why switch to SteriBump®
The estimated extra costs in time by using a blanket-bundle method is about 50 minutes in labor costs**, requiring at least these eight steps:
- choice of blanket
- roll blanket to form a bundle
- wrap bundle with a disposable wrap for sterilization
- sterilize bundle
- unroll bundle after use
- wash blanket
- return blanket to supply
- lint removal
Besides extra costs in time, there are also fixed costs to consider when bundling blankets, such as the price of materials including disposable wrap and laundry costs.