Challenges when using soft wrapping
If wraps are damaged by the instruments or trays they are holding, the sterilisation process needs to be repeated. Damaged sterile packages or wet sets might cause operating room downtimes and time pressure. Moreover, holes in wraps might appear without discrimination and might be overlooked. In that case they represent a serious risk factor for surgical site infections (SSIs) (1). In Australia, due to intra-operative contamination, surgical-site infections (SSI's) occur in approximately 3% of surgical procedures (2).
Increasing the number of sterile wrap layers does not seem to address the problem sufficiently. Double-wrapping sterile instrument packs increases costs and does not reduce the risk for tray contamination (3).
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1. Waked WR, Simpson AK, Miller CP, Magit DP, Grauer JN. Sterilization wrap inspections do not adequately evaluate instrument sterility. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007;462:207–211.
2. Reducing the risk of surgical site infections by Dr Charles E Edmiston, Jr*Tuesday, 11 September,2018, http://hospitalhealth.com.au/content/clinical-services/article/reducing-the-risk-of-surgical-site-infections-1031205068#ixzz6q5UmyhGc Accessed on 25.03.2021.
3. Webster J, Radke E, George N, Faoagali J, Harris M. Barrier properties and cost implications of a single versus a double wrap for storing sterile instrument packs. Am J Infect Control. 2005; 33:348–352.
4. Data on file. Medium-sized hospital processes 10,400 sets annually (40 sets processed/day x 260 working days per year).