Midbrook Medical Assists Surgical Instrument Manufacturers with Tool Design to Improve Cleaning

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Midbrook Medical, the Jackson, Michigan, based manufacturer of custom fabricated medical equipment and medical decontamination systems has begun to work with manufacturers of surgical instruments in order to help design them in a manner that can improve cleaning results. Midbrook hopes to use its experience in the cleaning industry to help device manufacturers create reposable surgical instruments that are both suitable for their intended use and easier to reprocess by point of use healthcare facilities.

Midbrook Medical, the Jackson, Michigan, based manufacturer of custom fabricated medical equipment and medical decontamination systems has begun to work with manufacturers of surgical instruments in order to help design them in a manner that can improve cleaning results. Midbrook hopes to use its experience in the cleaning industry to help device manufacturers create reposable surgical instruments that are both suitable for their intended use and easier to reprocess by point of use healthcare facilities.

A common problem with many surgical instruments currently on the market is their design makes them difficult to clean. This is especially true of cannulated instruments, whose small interior lumen can trap bioburden.

Obviously, these tools are designed first and foremost to be suitable for their intended purpose. Original equipment manufacturers often design them without thinking about ways they could satisfy these requirements while also making the instruments simpler and safer to clean prior to sterilization.

When surgical instruments are designed without cleaning in mind, the results are predictable. Instruments that must be cleaned to very high levels to assure patient and staff safety are nearly impossible to adequately reprocess. For example, the interior lumen of suction tubes can have places near either end of the instrument where different pieces of material are joined, creating spaces where biological material can become trapped. Medical device manufacturers who are not familiar with the difficulty of cleaning these instruments have now begun to lean on Midbrook.

Midbrook has nearly 40 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace industry and is familiar with a wide range of solutions related to washing. Midbrook can use this experience in conjunction with medical device manufacturers to design reposable surgical instruments that can become clean enough to be properly sterilized. In some cases, even a small change in design or materials could make a large difference when it comes to adequately cleaning an instrument. These are the types of changes that a device manufacturer with no experience in the cleaning industry might never think of.

When Midbrook Medical works directly with device manufacturers, it leads to the development of instruments that perform their task as required, but are also easier to clean. Cleaner tools lead to more consistent sterilization, which leads to a safer hospital environment, with less risk of healthcare acquired infections among both patients and staff. This is the goal that all facilities should constantly be striving toward.

For more information about Midbrook Medical and its custom fabricated medical equipment and decontamination systems visit http://www.midbrookmedical.com, or call 1-517-787-3481.

Midbrook Medical is the minority owned, women owned, Michigan based solution provider to the Healthcare market. Midbrook is not a medical company looking to be a copy cat distributer of decontamination equipment. Rather, Midbrook is the world leader in custom designed, process specific cleaning equipment focused on taking the expertise learned in other industries and applying it effectively to issues within the medical industry in order to provide cleaner instruments that will, in turn, make sterilization more effective.

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