CASE Study No. 1:
THE CHALLENGE: Monitoring the cleanliness of hospital kidney-shaped bowls, trays and containers that are made out of plastic and metal when being used for medical procedures. How can the facilities know the hygiene level of the container before it is utilized in a clean-room setting? Hospitals and operating rooms were in need of a contamination-free zone and a container with a guaranteed sterility. Why isn’t there a practical, sustainable, and reliable single use medical tray?
THE SOLUTION: Manufacture a kidney-shaped bowl, tray, and other containers out of molded pulp and coat it with a proprietary coating if necessary that would make the container impervious to water, oils, spirits and mild detergents. This product would also need to be able to be put into the autoclave. In addition, the container would need to be independently tested to be sure it is suitable for the surgical environment. The idea was to make the product single-use only, to ensure a clean environment.
THE RESULT: The world’s first single-use autoclavable tray for the operating theatre. MPE is extremely proud of the this bowl for many reasons. First and foremost, it is a single-use container and it has the ability be autoclaved which plastic bowls cannot. This product is environmentally friendly because it is derived from virgin sustainable fibers that are biodegradable and sustainable. Unlike single use plastic utensils, these utensils can be autoclaved. They do not insulate or impede heat transfer to instruments and they will not distort or change morphology. They have been independently tested for suitability and conform to the U.S. ASTM standards. Not only have they been tested for the autoclave, but it was also relevant to test for safe hygiene standards for linting and dusting. The independent testing proved it to be equal to plastic trays and superior to other materials found in the operating setting in terms of linting and dusting. Lastly, the products are manufactured in a FDA approved factory using a process that heats the container to over 150C. The result is our single use medical tray – a container with a very low bio-burden that is proven safe for use in the clinical environment and well within the parameters required for sterilization.