Hu-Friedy’s Instrument Management System (IMS) increases office safety, efficiency and production by combining instrument processing and infection prevention into a simplified and easily implemented workflow.
IMS standardizes the instrument management process through the use of cassettes. All of the instruments for the procedure are secured in a high-quality stainless-steel cassette. The cassette is closed and locked prior to transporting to the sterilization area, where the instrument set up is quickly and easily cleaned, dried, sterilized and stored – without touching or damaging the instruments.
The time savings for IMS users is between five and seven minutes per procedure. Time consuming steps – including hand scrubbing, tray disinfection, instrument sorting and searching, and tray preparations – are virtually eliminated.
Elimination of these manual steps offers a reduced risk of clinical sharps injuries and subsequent post-exposure management costs ($500 – $3,000 per incident, based on a recent article) to the practice. The time savings optimizes office productivity and allows greater chairside efficiency. The staff will have more time to spend with patients and less time cleaning instruments, setting up for procedures and breaking down after. In addition, instrument life is extended when utilizing cassettes due to the reduced instrument breakage and loss.