A surgical environment needs to be sterile and hygienic to avoid infections and thereby improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. It has been shown that less than 1% of healthcare staff in the operating room perceive their own radiation protection aprons as hygienic.
Performing a complex percutaneous intervention may take a few hours and the operator has to carry heavy and dense apron to protect him- or herself throughout the surgical procedure. Not seldom, the heat causes the operator to sweat immensively. A recent ergonomic study showed that 89% of the users perceive current aprons as warm.
Due to the nature of the material, the existing aprons on the market can not be washed in a hygienic manner. Hospital guidelines often require users to wipe off the aprons with ethanol prior to a surgical procedure. Unfortunately this is often not the case in reality.
There is a clear identified unmet customer need for improved radiation protection garments. 10MD has focused its resources on solving the customer needs for a comfortable and hygienic material.
”Being able to wash would be fantastic. This may improve hygiene and safety in OR”.
Dr. van Herzeele, Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College, London, UK.
1. Dr Annie Bjersgård, Institute of Health Technology, Halmstad University. 2013.