Air transfer mats are inflatable pads used to transfer patients laterally without causing harm to the patient or hospital staff.
Decontamination and cleaning:
- Reprocessed air transfer mats are initially inspected for visible damage
- Devices found with visible damage or contamination are rejected immediately
- Every air transfer mat then undergoes pre-processing through a multi-step process that involves pre-treatment of visible soil using medical grade cleaners, disinfectants and tools and removal of residual contamination
Performance testing and inspection:
- Every air transfer mat is functionally tested using an original manufacturer air supply
- All testing ensures device meets pre-determined performance specifications
- Additionally, every air transfer mat is inspected throughout various steps of the production process to ensure non-conforming products are rejected
- Devices are inspected for debris, contamination and for overall device integrity
- Routine quality control audits are completed to ensure process integrity
- Reports are provided to senior management for operating line performance and control
- Additionally, finished product performance attributes, including cleaning end points, are routinely subjected to random sampling and inspection
Air transfer mats should be collected in designated hamper stands located throughout the hospital.
Savings Direct is a program that enables healthcare organizations to manage their reprocessing programs internally, and is designed to support their efforts to reduce supply costs and environmental impact. Participating organizations drive collection and shipment of single-use devices (SUDs) to potentially maximize their savings.