Dr. Donald Corenman is a spine surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado and Eric Strauch is a Physician Assistant with Dr. Corenman. Together, they designed the Sterile-Z patient drape to increase safety and efficiency and to protect a patient during 3-D radiographic spine surgery. The entire draping process is less than 30 seconds.
A surgical site infection in a spine patient is potentially catastrophic not only for the morbidity of the patient, but also the cost for the hospital. It has been estimated that surgical site infections can cost a hospital $40,000 to $60,000 per infection and insurance companies now are less likely to pay for surgical site infection. The Sterile-Z patient drape helps increase safety and efficiency.
To date, there are two other methods out there and both of them lend to contamination. There is the drape the actually fits over the entire O-Arm and there are multiple times when un-sterile edges come close to, if not in contact with the patient or the frame. The other method is a simple device that splits apart with two unsterile edges that graze across the patient. In both cases, the potential for contamination is high. These methods also don’t have the ability to wrap around the patient to protect from the inferior products below.
The Z-fold technology allows the perforation to maintain a sterile zone. The drape system that covers the 3-D radiographic device, the navigation camera still needs to see and have a reference point on the 3-D radiographic device. With the Sterile-Z patient drape there is a clear film that covers that as well.
The Sterile-Z patient drape increases efficiency and safety for the patient and decrease cost for hospitals.