Ensuring an adequate supply of sterile goods helps reduce the spread of infectious diseases in hospitals. The central sterile services department likely serves the entire hospital, processing and reprocessing instruments and other materials for safe reuse. Once sterilized and packaged, the materials must be handled properly as they are transferred to operating rooms and other areas of the hospital to ensure they are not damaged, opened or contaminated.
Automated material management and transport systems safely and efficiently move goods through the sterile supply cycle. Using robotic transport, hospitals can ensure the right sterile supplies are delivered to the right location on time; and that soiled materials are quickly returned to the central supply for reprocessing. Scheduling transport supports just-in-time delivery to optimize surgeon and operating room time, which not only helps control costs but also improves the patient care experience.
Eliminating manual transport of sterile supplies standardizes workflow and reduces service variability. Along with overall efficiency gains, hospitals can eliminate the likelihood of a mistake or failure in the sterilization supply chain thus decreasing the risk of endangering patients and staff.
TransCar® Automated Guided Vehicle
TransCar Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) help hospitals take control of their on-demand and routine material transport activities. By using self-guided vehicles, staff can remain focused on patient-care activities instead of delivering materials, thereby improving quality of care and reducing operational costs.