PP + PE SURGICAL DRAPES
Drapes are composed of polypropylene and polyethylene.
- Affordable medical standard;
- Low resistance to fluids;
- Suited to low risk procedures.
SMS SURGICAL DRAPES
This variant is composed of SMS (spunbond, meltblown, spunbond).
- Three layered design provides high strength;
- More costly than PP+PE drapes;
- Bacterial layer, protection against bacteria.
- Variety of materials, each one catering to the different needs of the procedure, the patient, and the wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive, safe to use. Less expensive variant available;
- Protects the wearer and the patient from contracting infections due to cross contamination;
- Creates a sterile area during surgery that protects against contaminants and pathogens;
- Easily disposed, low risk of transferring contaminants since they are single use;
- Surgical drapes are available in multiple sizes, depending on the demands of the operation;
- Relatively inexpensive;
- Drapes are water resistant, anti-bacterial and sturdy.
- Correctly sized surgical drapes must be selected that corresponds to the size opf the patient and the size of the area that is being operated on. Drapes that cover too little of the area will result in ineffective surgery, and drapes that expose too much will increase the risk of transmitting potentially contaminated or infectious material.
- High risk procedures require drapes that are stronger and resistant to substances such as fluids or chemicals. If bacterial transmission is a concern, drapes equipped with a bacterial layer are needed, for example the SMS drapes. Using drapes that are not fit for the level of protection required can result in patients and medical professionals being exposed to potentially non-sterile conditions.
- Drapes are set up in such a way that the body of the patient is covered and protected, whilst leaving the head exposed. The drapes establish a protective barrier to construct a sterile perimeter to defend against material that may be contaminated. The draped area removes the passage of potentially harmful pathogens that traverse between non-sterile and sterile regions.
- It is imperative that the surgical drapes are not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across drapes inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is of utmost importance that surgical drapes are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using drapes can result in infections being transmitted between health practitioner and patient;
- Must prepare the drapes for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any drapes that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- Correct material must be selected according to procedure – high risk procedures require a material that offers superior protection, for example drapes made from SMS;
- Care must be taken when selecting the correct drapes size – Correctly sized drapes are imperative for the surgeon to perform a procedure to a high standard and to maintain safety.
Surgical drapes are manufactured using a variety of materials. The materials used in the range offered by AdvaCare are polypropylene + polyethylene (PP+PE) and spunbond + meltblown + spunbond (SMS).