Logistics, safety and wearing comfort – top priority in the operating theatre
Reusable surgical textiles are the method of choice
High-grade, high-tech materials fulfil all the requirements and standards for sterile products in the operating theatre – safeguarded by regular inspection of processes by authorised authorities based on the relevant standards.
- EU directive 93/42/EEC for medical devices
- Medical Devices Act (MDA)
- EN 13485.
- EN 13795.
The Medical Devices Act also regulates the quality of the washing process: “A newly washed medical device is to be regarded as the same as a new one.“ §2 (1) MDA – each delivery of a processed set is of the same quality as a new device.
Wearing comfort in the operating theatre
Furthermore, investigations unambiguously confirm the high wearing comfort of surgical textile equipment. This important aspect is again and again confirmed in feedback from surgeons and theatre nurses.
The diagram shows that the core temperature of the wearer remains at an acceptable level even when the ambient temperature is 25°C – if the clothing is breathable. In contrast, non-breathable textiles lead to a quick rise in temperature, and after a tolerance time of 133 minutes, the critical border of 38.2°C is reached. Higher temperatures entail an enormous physiological load: feeling unwell, heat stress, lowered ability to concentrate and a high danger of increased sweating.