Ramping up manufacturing for single-use surgical instruments: What you need to know

Manufacturers can optimize functionality, use and volume to deliver high-performing, high-quality single-use surgical instruments to customers.

Steve Santoro, Micro

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Surgeons and hospitals increasingly need single-use surgical instruments — as they offer several distinct advantages over reusable products.

Disposable instruments designed for single-use don’t need to undergo expensive and time-consuming cleaning, sterilization and reprocessing. Reusable instruments such as articulating laparoscopic devices with sophisticated, intricate parts also can be difficult to clean and thoroughly disinfect, thus increasing the risk of infection to patients.

Single-use medical instruments are pre-sterilized and individually packaged. Health providers can dispose or recycle them after use.

Unlike their reusable counterparts, single-use instruments aren’t subject to wear an…

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How the resumption of elective surgery may spur demand for high-volume surgical instruments

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Hospitals’ need for single-use surgical instruments may spike as they resume elective procedures following the worst of COVID-19. Outsourcing with a credible tubing partner allows OEMs to focus on core competencies internally and free up other resources for maximum competitive advantage.

Jim Jock, Micro

As elective surgeries resume during this time of COVID-19, hospitals will be gearing up to stock their shelves with medical instruments to help meet the demand. Single-use surgical devices such as scissors, graspers, forceps, and dissectors will be in high demand due to their inherent benefit of reducing spread of infection.

One of the most critical components of these instruments is the shaft, which must meet strict diameter requirements while housing critical-to-function subassemblies. Most often, these shafts are made from stainless steel tubing, which may be manufactured from drawn tubing or using an innovative stamped-…

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