June 8, 2017

Why New Mobile Panel Holders Are Safer for the Operating Room

Mobile cassette holders are becoming a bit outdated with new technology like mobile DR panel holders debuting in operating rooms in 2015, but cassette holders can still be found being used widely by different radiographers in many areas. These mobile cassette holders used to work just fine for the job at hand – but that’s because they were designed to accompany the technology at the time.

Today, with many ORs using newer DR panels instead of older cassettes, these mobile cassette holders don’t seem to be keeping their end of the bargain. They tip and wobble, and some are large and clunky, making them hard to store, difficult to drape, and challenging to keep sterile.

As many healthcare workers already well know, keeping the OR as sterile as possible is one of the best ways to prevent surgical site infections in patients.

Keeping the OR Sterile is the First Priority

According to an article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health’s US National Library of Medicine, “Surgical site infections (SSI) account for 14% – 17% of all hospital-acquired infections and 38% of nosocomial infections in surgical patients. SSI remain a substantial cause of morbidity and death…”

Two of the main external risk factors identified by the article that influence the risk of SSI are inadequate sterilization of surgical instruments and overall operating theatre quality.

The logic is clear – an improved mobile DR panel holder that is easier to sterilize, easier to handle, and more stable is definitely going to make for a more sterile OR overall.

This video for the Mobile DR Panel Positioning Partner shows you one of the best examples of a modern mobile holder in the OR that you can find on the market.

With product advantages like a telescoping arm, adjustable head, piston-driven vertical travel, and locking casters, this mobile holder is easy to drape, has a small footprint and no electric, and it is counterbalanced to provide a top-notch product that helps keep your OR safer and more secure.