Flying the flag for surgical hygiene at St George’s HospitalDecember 8th, 2014
Founded in 1733, St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, is one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals and the largest healthcare provider in southwest London. Run by the St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, it serves a population of 1.3 million and has nearly 8,000 dedicated staff offering acute hospital services, as well as a wide variety of specialist care and a full range of community services, to patients of all ages.
The hospital’s current method of wrapping surgical instrument trays was becoming an increasing concern. To protect against breaches in sterility and preventing abrasion and ripping, additional products were often required to ensure the trays remained intact during transportation between the Sterile Services Department and its internal customers, leading to further costs.
Guardian Surgical’s Regional Sales Manager Mark Follon, who has been connected to the Trust for a considerable number of years recently approached the team with a new multi-use tray wrap concept, Reinforced Alcoban, designed to help overcome the issues we were experiencing with existing products and to help reduce the issue of torn sets being received within the Trust’s many operating theatre areas.
Reinforced Alcoban combines all the same benefits as standard Alcoban with enhanced durability, eliminating the need for corner protectors or outer transport wraps. With the products being provided under a service contract the Trust was able to benefit from fully recoverable VAT, whilst in addition significantly reducing the amount of clinical waste generated with single-use products.
Following a meeting with the theatre staff, Guardian Surgical arranged for a number of Reinforced Alcoban wraps to be provided to the Sterile Services Department for trial and evaluation, with the company on hand throughout the trial period to answer any questions staff had relating to the product.
The trial ran for a period of three months, throughout which discussions were held regarding contractual matters so that, if approved, the product would progress immediately into installation. In April 2014, the Trust implemented the new service and has since seen a reduction in the amount of concerns raised by theatre staff, as well as an increased confidence in the service provided as a result of the interaction between Guardian Surgical and the Trust staff.
Barbara Kleban-Stanczak, Sterile Services Manager from the Trust, comments: “Guardian Surgical were extremely helpful throughout the trial and implementation of the product, providing what can only be regarded as a truly fantastic service. As a result, we are no longer considering a move back to a single-use service and are looking at extending our current arrangement further following its expiry.”
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