The tools in the standard General Surgery SmartTray™ are based on feedback from surgeons at a number of prestigious academic medical centers and other experts.

The aluminum fabrication methodology allows for the quick production of custom orders. SureCount will be able to offer standard, modified, and customized SmartTrays™ across multiple surgical disciplines to all customers, based on their individual preferences, with 10-12 weeks lead time.

Recommended Procedures for the General Surgery SmartTray™

  • Appendectomy Parathyroidectomy
  • Bleeding Ulcer Repair Perforated Ulcer Repair
  • Cholecystectomy Retroperitoneal Tumors Excision
  • Colectomy
  • Small Bowel Resection
  • Gastrectomy Splenectomy
  • Hernia Repair Thyroidectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Trauma Surgery

Each SmartTray™ module is identified on its side panels, along with any needed identifiers such as barcodes. SureCount’s standard instrument list is listed below, arrived at through painstaking in-person operating room simulated focus groups with operating room nurses and techs and research over the past few years.

Recommended Instruments for the General Surgery SmartTray™ Module 1

  • Kelly Clamp Curved (4)
  • Kelly Clamp Straight (4)
  • Kocher Short (2)
  • Metz Curved (2)
  • Mosquito Curved (4)
  • Mosquito Straight (4)
  • Right angle clamps (4)
  • Mayo Straight/Curved (4)

Recommended Instruments for the General Surgery SmartTray™ Module 2

  • Adson Forceps (2)
  • Allis Clamp (2)
  • Large Needle Holder (2)
  • Short Needle Holder (2)
  • Long Debakey (2)
  • Pean Clamp (4)
  • Tonsil Clamp (2)
  • Toothed Forceps (2)

The tray system is designed to fully integrate into existing workflows in the SPD and OR. At 6-7 pounds fully loaded for each module, its weight will come as a major relief for SPD staff, who are used to much larger and heavier trays, many of which exceed guidelines established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

SureCount Smart Trays
SureCount Smartbar

The SmartBar™ provides a visual aid to help confirm that the manual instrument count has been conducted and is correct.

The SmartTray™ can be loaded in the SPD or the OR in less than 3 minutes per module, much faster than the typical tray build time today, which averages from 21 to 34 minutes, depending on the study. The SmartBar™ provides visual numerical confirmation of the right number of tools in each bracket.

Nurses can spray instruments with an anti-microbial agent – a national best practice – upon return to the tray as opposed to having to place them individually on stainless steel rods to do so.

The SmartTray™ is designed to be easily cleaned by SPD staff through soaking and mechanical processes so that it can be safely sterilized. The tray fits into sterilization containers or can be covered with standard central supply room wrap for steam sterilization. An aluminum lid helps keeps instruments safe from damage.

A SureCount analysis of some two dozen clinical journal articles on excessive surgical instrumentation found that savings of $60 to $80 per procedure are achievable through the adoption of its system.

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