Many facilities have already invested in a safe and hygienic closed system to collect and flush medical fluid waste for high volume surgical cases. These systems are designed to protect patients and staff from spills, splashes, and airborne infection. However, most high volume systems can cost $20 or more in disposables for every single case. Through our experience supporting more than 40,000 surgeries a day, our team discovered that about 2/3 of all surgical procedures produce only 1-2 canisters of fluid waste. This makes high volume systems inefficient to use for the overwhelming majority of surgical cases, which would be considered low to medium volume.
Lacking a closed system optimized for low to medium fluid volume, which makes up the majority of cases, OR teams have traditionally resorted to one of the following options:
- Pouring the waste down the hopper, which can cause splash hazards and exposure to airborne infections.
- Disposing canisters of fluid as red bag waste, which is estimated to cost 10-15x more than regular waste.
Serres, the world leader in surgical fluid management solutions, has introduced a new solution that is ideal for managing low to medium volume cases. The Serres Nemo fluid waste disposal equipment is used in combination with the Serres Suction Bag System to flush suction bag content into the sewer. It can be used to conveniently dispose medical fluid waste on-site, without risking infection exposure or incurring high disposal costs. The integrated solutions create a closed system that improves safety and lowers costs for low to medium volume cases.
The cost savings and efficiency of Serres start by inserting a suction bag with pre-attached lid into the canisters before the start of a procedure. At the end of surgery, the Serres Suction Bags are capped and placed in the Serres Nemo, which often sits side by side the high-volume system docking unit in the decontamination room.
Once the Serres Suction Bag placed in the Serres Nemo, a short 20 second running cycle is initiated. The Serres Nemo can then be opened, and the empty Serres Suction Bag is removed can be disposed of according to healthcare facility-specific instructions. By flushing the fluids down the drain on-site, facilities save significant amounts of money as they only need to dispose of the empty soft suction liner rather than incurring expensive red bag waste fees of disposing rigid canisters. In additional to the cost saving benefits, it also helps healthcare facilities meet their sustainability goals.
This workflow improves safety for staff and patients, by creating a completely closed system, and disposable costs are limited to just the suction bag. At such a low cost, the Serres Nemo can pay for itself in less than 6 months depending on the volume of waste, and creates up to 90% savings compared to using a high-volume system for every case.
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