Single Use Surgical is delighted to launch its brand-new animation, exploring the benefits associated with switching to single-use surgical instruments.

The animation follows the story of one hospital, and how switching to single-use instruments can benefit many characters by cutting costs, saving time, and reducing risks associated with hospital acquired infection.

Developed primarily to raise awareness in our growing international markets, the animation was inspired by the experiences and feedback of our customers, as well as a series of studies which highlight the problems faced by many hospitals who use re-usable surgical instruments.

Export Manager Michael Denver said: “The animation is a modern and novel approach that captures the essence of why we exist as a UK manufacturer. We believe in our products, our manufacturing capabilities, and our desire to maintain a balance between clinical relevance and commercial viability. This formula is inherited by a fantastic network of international partners who ensure we continue our success story.” 

The animation brings to life a number of common issues faced when using reusable surgical instruments. This includes the cost of reusable devices, not just in terms of initial outlay, but in reprocessing and repacking. Studies suggest that the total cost per use of reusable forceps, could be 10 times more than the cost per use of single-use forceps.

Time spent searching for missing or damaged surgical instruments is also explored in the animation. A survey by Nursing Times found that staff can spend up to an hour per shift searching for equipment.

Finally, the animation looks at the risks associated with reusable surgical instruments, particularly those with fine lumens that cannot be properly inspected. Surgical site infections make up 16% of all healthcare associated infections in England alone.

During the course of the animation we meet a disgruntled buyer looking to make savings, a busy nurse and stressed surgeon searching for missing items, a concerned doctor treating a surgical site infection, and a poorly patient stuck in hospital, infected by a dirty reusable instrument.

Check out the animation below. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and LinkedIn



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