Wound care starts before the patient even arrives. From the moment manufacturing begins the dressing or appliance has to be kept sterile while also receiving its treatment to transform it into a part of the treatment process. This can take the form of gel dressings, thin film dressings, negative pressure dressings and more. Once the dressing is created, it has to be contained within the dressing frame and then sealed within packaging to keep it sterile. All of this requires not only ISO 14644 standards for clean room manufacturing, but that all the rest of the applicable ISO standards for medical manufacturing be adhered to as well.
Production that understands health care management
Manufacturing companies that understand health care management maintain certified facilities that exceed ISO standards and have dedicated Class 7 Clean Rooms for production and packaging. Their staff will feature expert technicians know that there is more to making a good product than just what occurs in its manufacturing. One hallmark of a company like this is to look to the material that they publish. For example, companies like BarilCorp.com have material online that details how their products can work better in your environment. Wound care is the essence of health care management. Whether you are managing surgical suites or long term care units, what you have on hand is what will determine the quality review scores you receive. You want to look for companies that demonstrate they have an understanding of what that means from origin to placement.
Working to preserve the sterile field
Meeting standards is one thing, but the best manufacturing sites will also have companion quality measures for wound care manufacturing that transforms the requirements of ISO regulations into a manufacturing process that works to preserve sterile fields. One of the ways in which they do this is by also incorporating packaging design made for use in medical situations. Using die cutting processes and multi-layer lamination assures you that your staff won’t be risking the sterile field while removing the dressing from its packaging. Being able to create a secure barrier for the wound care appliance when it is not in use that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the product during opening and application should be the goal of every product you place into use on your floor.
Combining efficiency with quality
Efficiency and quality should go together and no other industry benefits from their relationship more than the health care field. The commitment to quality needs to go beyond making sure manufacturing adheres to the established standards of production. Just like with your own teams, you want to your wound care production facility to have its own QI team constantly developing standards and processes that exceed minimum requirements. Quality manufacturing isn’t just about meeting existing standards, it’s about forecasting changes to standards so that what we produce will always meet your regulated standards. When you think of how much wound care has changed over the years you can see how important it is to make sure the manufacturing company you use places a priority of making sure they are always on the cutting edge of innovation.
Precision manufacturing under quality standards
Wound care manufacturing facilities should be ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. All wound care products should also be created in a special ISO 14644 Class 7 clean room. This way companies can use a variety of materials and treatments to create highly specialized and uniformed products that can deliver the quality of care and treatment your patients expect from you. Businesses like Baril Corp work with silicones, medical foams, hydrogel and hydrocolloid materials, and other medical adhesives in creating their range of wound care products. Using die cutting and multi-lamination process they can produce almost any type of appliance run you need.
Why die cutting and multi-layer lamination is important?
There are multiple manufacturing processes used to produce the wound care products you need including rotary die cutting, flat bed die cutting, CNC and laser cutting as well as multi web laminating capabilities. The variety of options in a manufacturing facility means that the company can create the products you need in a clean environment that meets all the required regulations. This can save you money in ordering your appliances as our runs can combine to create more volume on order. That can also save you valuable time in making sure your floor stock is kept high.
Wound products and care appliances for varying need
Wound care manufacturing can produce a wide variety of standard and specialty wound dressings and appliances. Some of the standard products include:
- Negative Pressure Dressings
- Silicone Dressings
- Hydrogel sheet dressings
- Absorptive dressings
- Hydrocolloid dressings
- IV site care
- IV securement
- Adhesive bordered foam dressings
- Thin film dressings
- Podiatric care devices
- Compression dressings
- Ostomy care
- High moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) dressings
- Antimicrobial dressings
- Alginate dressings
- Exudate management
- Wound closure devices
- Topical analgesic patches
- Multi-Layer suture strips
- Surgical patches
- Energy absorption pads
Nothing can make life easier than knowing that you can get your wound care supplies from a manufacturer that is verified and validated for meeting or exceeding standards for processing. Having certified accreditation, plus in-house quality control standards, means you aren’t just getting a wound product that meets your needs, but that the products will work with the EHR and MDS sequence and can optimize the packaging to make your reporting and tracking easier. There are companies that can produce products cheaper than others, but they aren’t going to deliver the quality you need.
Designed to make reporting and tracking easier
Integrated labeling is another service you should be looking for as that can make reporting and tracking easier. Using off market labeling isn’t really a good solution as it can interfere with access to the wound care product. The more you can preserve the intended opening procedure the less risk there is of waste and contamination. Using your files a tracking label can be created that would be suitable for inventory, care plan and other electronic tracking systems.
Putting quality back into care
Wound care manufacturing requires investment from all the parties involved. Making sure your manufacturer has invested the time and money to create a clean room manufacturing facility that meets or exceeds standards should be your priority. Good suppliers have in-house quality control measures, and expert technicians to ensure that you will always have wound care products and appliances that are reliable and sterile. Add in optimized packaging design, laminating and die cutting methods and you have a supplier that produce what you need to improve quality of care and efficiency in your facility too.