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Single-use anaesthetic safety tray reduces infection risks

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Vernacare has developed a single-use anaesthetic safety tray to reduce operating theatre error and advance standards of infection prevention.

According to the The Association for Perioperative Practice (AFPP), human error is one of the most prevelant reasion for incidents and it reported 128,000 patient safety episodes from surgical specialities from October 2006 to September 2007.

The newly developed Vernatray has individual troughs to ensure the correct alignment of syringes and a separate storage area for ampoules and sharps. It is intended to replace flat plastic and stainless steel trays where the medication is stored in one single compartment - making it difficult to locate the relevant syringe.

Paula Cockcroft, senior product manager for Vernacare said:

“The Vernatray contains six individual syringe channels, including two large channels for 30ml+ syringes together with a storage area for ampoules and some sharps bins. It makes it easier for theatre staff to locate the relevant equipment and reduces the risk of incorrect medication being administered.  Staff find the Surgical Safety Checklist easier to perform, which includes confirmation of the formal inspection of the anaesthetic equipment, medications and patient’s anaesthetic risk.

“In addition, the single-use pulp avoids infection risks associated with re-using plastic and stainless steel receptacles and saves cleaning time as the biodegradable pulp can be simply disposed of in clinical waste or via maceration”.

Evaluation of the Vernatray has been carried out at three Trusts and one independent hospital, with 99% of clinicians reporting that they found it easier to correctly identify labels on syringes and 100% of respondents stating that the syringes were stable in the tray.

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  • I have heard about these trays and they were discussd recently at one of our team meetings. It was generally agreed that returning to using pulp trays would be contrary to the principles advocated by ANTT. Although the trays are single use items, there is a high risk of staff re-using these items (especially when they run out), as was the case before Trusts discontinued their use. It sounds like an enterprising gimmick but unfortunately, in these cash strapped times, it is one that we can neither afford the expense nor the potential infection risk.

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