Medacta is on the side of efficiency: For more than 10 years we have been providing Spine implants which are pre-sterilized and ready for implantation. Pre-sterile implants can significantly help Healthcare providers to be more efficient, to reduce the risk of contamination, to save time and to reduce costs.
These aspects are extremely important especially during post covid-19 recovery.
Pre-Sterilized implants can relieve the Healthcare provider from many costs arising from reprocessing:
Pre-sterilized implants eliminate the risks of reprocessing:
Despite sterilization, the endotoxins may retain biological activities increasing the risk of an implant being contaminated.
When using pre-sterile implants there is no transfer of liability from the vendor to the hospital. This allows the healthcare provider to assure each patient that every available technology has been used in order to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection and virus contamination
The usage of pre-sterilized implants drastically reduces the risk of using implants that might have been damaged by chemical or mechanical factors which can occur during the reprocessing phase:
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 Microscopical images of a new, unprocessed screw (top left image) alongside 2 images of screws that have undergone reprocessing on numerous occasions (images taken at 2 different magnifications).