The Right Caesarian (C-Section) Drape For Each Process
Caesarian or C-Section surgical procedures can be rather messy and surgeons need to exercise special precautions to minimize risk of microbian migration during the operation. Choosing the right caesarian drape for the specific process is important in this regard.
Choice of fabric in the manufacture of C-section drapes defines how well it serves its purpose. Method of construction is another important parameter and design is yet another.
Quality C-section drapes define ease of use as well as functionality that in turn depend on use of fabric and materials in the construction. Manufacturers following international standards usually make use of soft polypropylene films in a sandwich construction with absorbent fiber materials laid down uniformly. The material of choice is low lint, non-woven fabric to soak up spills and splatters and prevent fluid strike through. This is sandwiched to an incise film with drape adhesive that has antimicrobial properties to reduce risk of contamination.
Design and style
Caesarian drapes from top manufacturers are available in various design styles to suit specific process. For instance a c-section drape may be designed in the right dimensions and with the right materials to have fluid repellent properties to permit sterile removal of infant. Drapes are designed to have fenestrated incise film and a fluid collection pouch when the operation is conducted with the patient in a supine position. In the event the lithotomy position is used for the operation then the drape design would change a little with the use of integrated leggings and even a wrap around flap to wrap around the buttocks and arm extensions.
Thoughtful manufacturers design draps and pack them in a way that makes it easy for the surgical team to unfold it, orient it with the use of body stamp, remove the liner, drape it on the abdomen and towards the feet and affix surgical lines or tubing to complete the process.
The drapes serve the vital purpose of preventing microbe spread during the operation and helping extract the infant but they must also collect fluids. Fabric choice and material as well as design of construction plays an important part. Manufacturers following European standard En 13795 and/or AAMI Level 3 and 4 can be trusted to offer a variety of C-section drapes that are affordable, suitable for the process and easy to use besides being safe. How well it is packed in sterile packaging also plays an important part in assuring safety of patient as well as its baby and the surgical team.