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Both the need and challenge for health care providers to reduce Surgical Site Infections (SSI’s) is becoming more apparent. This situation is emphasized from information recently reported by Pennsylvania regarding Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s). Combining the new Pennsylvania information with existing data on Surgical Site Infections (SSI’s), the clinical consequences of SSI’s appear to be substantially greater than previously estimated.

Currently, thirty states are considering legislation requiring hospitals to publicly disclose infection rates. As more states report their HAI’s, a more accurate picture of Surgical Site Infection rates and their associated treatment cost will emerge.

In the meantime, acute care providers will be implementing enhanced practices for adhering to aseptic technique, along with evidence-based infection control measures. Within this context, one area that deserves more scrutiny is packaging/delivery systems.

Since their introduction over 50 years ago, peel back pouches have become one of the most popular systems for delivering surgical devices onto the sterile field. I At best, peel back pouches are difficult to open. In this regard, peel back pouches are especially deserving of examination.

SafePASS® was designed to resolve the technical deficiencies of existing packaging systems by facilitating the fast, convenient and assured completion of a proper sterile presentation. As an innovative packaging/delivery system, SafePASS offers the perioperative professional an enhanced alternative that provides the following primary benefits:

  • Eliminates inadvertent contamination during the sterile transfer.
  • Supports strict compliance with the Standards of Sterile Technique.
  • Ensures the integrity of the package contents and the sterile field.
  • Relieves scrubbed personnel from assisting with the sterile transfer.
  • Allows the perioperative nurse the option of placing items directly onto the sterile field.
  • Improves speed and ease of use.
  • Eliminates the potential for undetected contamination.
  • Removes the pressure of operator uncertainty.
  • Offers multiple secondary uses; i.e., arm board cover, waste receptacle, etc.
  • Establishes an elevated standard for packaging and sterile delivery.

SafePASS® opens with a simple motion by alternately pulling the cuff at the far edge of either side. This asymmetrical pulling towards the user, releases the locking fold. As the locking fold releases, SafePASS® inverts to protectively cover the hand and extend over the forearm of the circulator.
At this juncture, the circulating nurse may precisely place the contents onto the sterile field. It is no longer necessary to flip or toss wrapped items onto the sterile field; or has the scrubbed individual participate in the sterile transfer.

Since there are no exposed lateral edges, proper opening also eliminates the possibility of undetected contamination of the entire sterile field. Compared to peel back pouches, SafePASS® has proven to be more convenient and faster to open, facilitating a successful (and carefree) sterile transfer. In the unlikely event that it is opened improperly, that situation is immediately apparent.

This obvious detection capability virtually eliminates the possibility of introducing a contaminated item onto the sterile field. This benefit also eliminates a significant source of concern and stress on the perioperative team.

SafePASS® is most appropriate for packaging surgical devices that can be held in one hand and are introduced onto an established sterile field. As the name implies, SafePASS® offers superior technical performance for surgical device manufacturers; along with the potential to deliver unprecedented financial savings for every acute care facility.


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