Use of Drapes in Urology Treatment
Urology is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs.
Organs that fall under the domain of urology include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate, and penis).
Although urology is classified as a surgical speciality, knowledge of other medical branches is necessary since other clinical problems might arise during surgery and cause complications.
Urology is closely related to oncology, nephrology, gynaecology, andrology, pediatric surgery, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.
Urology has further specific sub-disciplines like Endourology, Laparoscopy, Urologic oncology, Neurourology, Pediatric urology, Andrology, Reconstructive urology, and female urology.
Hence to be a competent urologist, extensive knowledge of gynaecology, paediatrics, and medicine is required.
As in any other surgical procedure, a lot of care is taken in a urological operation and nothing is left to chance as the functionality and safety of all equipment and tools are checked.
There are specific drapes manufactured for urological procedures to match the particular requirements of these surgeries. Disposable urological drapes are specially made to handle and manage large amounts of fluids.
Their fluid control features reduce the exposure of healthcare workers to infectious body fluids whilst keeping the patient dry by efficiently controlling and containing fluids. These drapes reduce possible infections and maintain a sterile environment by being impervious to strikethrough and not allowing any fluids through.
Single-use drapes for urology surgery support efficient and effective infection prevention through an integrated fluid collection pouch for effective fluid management control and impermeable materials to prevent the microbial transfer.
They are provided as an all-in-one solution for single-use, folded and packaged for easy aseptic application keeping the patient’s safety in mind.
While there are different drapes and sets specifically designed for TUR, nephroscopy and other urological surgeries. Team members of the surgical staff should select the drapes to use for each surgery after a careful analysis of the specific requirements.
They should also adhere to the standard rules on utilization and handling of disposable urological drapes during and after surgery.