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a range of resources from various sources with no affiliation to
Orthopaedic Innovation Ltd or our SmartPower™ range giving
documented evidence on the problems associated with reusable
power tools that need to be re-sterilised:
Report 1: 'Offsite theatre sterile surgical units (TSSU) - a
R. Kotnis, C.S. Galasko and K. Willett, John Radcliffe Hospital,
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"Disadvantages (of offsite TSSU) include the finance
needed to build and maintain accredited centres, transport of
instruments, the cost and need of additional instrument sets
with the resultant transfer of clinical rick".
"Concerns have been raised within the surgical community about
increasing outsourcing of TSSU to centralized sites particular
for acute and emergency services".
during the procedure whilst awaiting for a 'back-up' set may
lead to an increased risk of infection resultant from the
surgical wound being left open for a prolonged period".
surgeons currently working with off-site TSSU and 40% working
with on-site TSSU made comments on current or anticipated
problems of centralising sterilisation services. No surgeon made
a positive comment".
"Surgeons currently working with an off-site TSSU expressed
concerns with the overall quality of the service and frequent
torn packaging sets".
significant concern and a real area of clinical risk were
reports of instances where reports of instance where off-site
manager had taken a decision not to sterilise certain items".
A single-use disposable power source
eliminates all of the above
problems with re-sterilisation and
provides a reliable source of power.