Clinics, specifically those that perform minor and major surgeries, should always stock up on basic surgical accessories and supplies. This way, they can perform various surgeries smoothly and without delays commonly caused by missing or lacking surgical supplies and accessories.
One example is a TC needle holder, an instrument used to hold sutures used in surgeries. TC stands for tungsten carbide, a sturdy material that is more preferred by clinics since needle holders made of them are known to be more hard-wearing and longer-lasting. There are companies that supply TC needle holders so it should be a pretty easy task to find the best ones.
Aside from needle holders, here are 8 other essential surgical supplies and accessories that you should get for your clinic:
There are a variety of surgical forceps that you can buy depending on the specific surgeries that your clinic performs:
- TOE (turn over end)
- Mosquito Artery
Scissors are another must-have surgical supply in your clinic. Again, the types of surgical scissors to buy should correspond to the surgical procedures that you perform. Here are some of the most common types of surgical scissors:
- Uterine curved
- Corneal curved
These surgical tools are used to cut skin during different types of surgeries. Here are among the most common blades used in clinics:
- Stitch cutters
- Scalpel blades
These accessories can be used to hold IV poles, arm boards, and other surgical accessories. You may choose between flat-blade and round post clamps and between clamps that are attachable to specific areas of the surgical table and those that can be clamped anywhere in the table.
Surgical lights, which may also be used for examinations, should be a part of every clinic. They allow the doctors and assistants to comfortably and safely work on the patient without having to deal with shadows that obscure their view of critical body parts.
There are a variety of surgical lights available in the market today such as mobile and ceiling-mounted, and halogen or LED lights. For lesser heat production, better illumination, and low power consumption, LED surgical lights are the best option.
Sterilizing machines like autoclaves are definite must-haves in surgical clinics. They can eliminate all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and other potentially-harmful micro-organisms that may be present in the surgical tools and equipment being used. They are a bit expensive but are undoubtedly a great investment for your clinic.
Whether you’re performing minor or major surgeries, an anesthesia machine is indispensable. When shopping for one, try to pick a model that has modern features such as patient monitoring, ventilator, and suction unit as these are critical in a lot of surgeries.
Whether for the doctors and assistants or the patients, everyone in the surgical room should have proper clothing. As such, be sure to get any or all of the following:
- Medical gloves
- Eyeshields such as goggles
- Shoe and boot covers
- Hairnets/head or beard covers
With these essential supplies and many others, your clinic should be pretty much prepared for surgical tasks that you may handle at any given time.