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A modular casing for transporting sterile surgical instruments

Schoneveld, S. (2022) A modular casing for transporting sterile surgical instruments.

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Embargo date:20 December 2024
Abstract:There is not yet a good way of transporting sterile surgical instruments in DIN baskets between instrument manufacturers, central sterilization departments, and care facilities. Maintaining the sterile barrier with current transportation methods is not reliable. Current methods are also wasteful or difficult to use. As many instrument manufacturers are going to use DIN baskets as transportation method in the future, a solution for shipping sterile surgical instruments in DIN baskets safely, reliably, and a way of keeping instruments that belong to one surgical set together is a must. Using different design methods like analysing, brainstorming, and decision making, a product is developed that solves current transportation and logistical issues. The product that is realised is a modular divider system. This divider is the building block for the system. Depending on the orientation of the divider, it fits on different heights of DIN baskets. With a clicking mechanism, the dividers with DIN baskets can be stacked together to form a set of baskets. With some accessories, the divider system fits in current transportation containers of different dimensions. The divider system integrates into the current system and replaces the use of bubble plastic. The divider system can be used for transportation between instrument manufacturers, central sterilization departments and care facilities. A Failure Modes & Effects Analysis, usability test, and functionality test show some improvement points for the current product. Although a final concept is presented, the product is still in its infancy. Some additional design engineering is needed to implement this product into the current system.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Van Straten Medical, de Meern, the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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