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Instrapac: Save Money – Revealing the Hidden Costs


There is no doubt that Robinson Healthcare Instrapac single use instruments offer tremendous cost savings to the NHS.


The Instrapac range is focussed on minor or straightforward procedures performed in hospitals and in the community. It is not intended to replace high value and complex instruments typically used in operating theatres – though Instrapac can cost effectively complement theatre instrument sets. In a hospital setting, it has been found that costs can be significantly lower using single use instruments rather than reusables - even though on site sterilisation facilities exist. In particular:


  • Accident & Emergency
  • Maternity, Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Minor Injuries
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health


A study carried out at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (1) revealed a saving of over 30% when using Instrapac single use instruments in selected applications. In the community the savings can be even greater as the decision to use reusables may involve developing and running a sterilisation facility. Using Instrapac may mean that there is no need to run such a facility.


It is important when comparing costs to take into account the full cost of using reusables. Have you taken into account the following?


  • Capital cost of premises and developing the facility, decontamination and sterilisation equipment
  • All staff costs including recruitment, training, absence, inefficiency (utilisation), HR cost, National Insurance and pension costs.
  • Management and administration costs
  • Cost of ongoing maintenance and validation of decontamination and sterilisation
  • Consumables used
  • Capital cost of instruments and the replacement of any lost
  • Repair costs
  • Transport costs
  • Traceability system costs


If you are considering using a third party steriliser, have you taken into account the following?


  • Capital cost of instruments
  • Lost instruments
  • Repairs
  • Transport cost to and from the steriliser
  • Increase in instrument stock required to cover longer turnaround times


Using Robinson Healthcare Instrapac is so simple. You don’t have to worry about any of these costs or responsibilities.


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(1) Harden JL/Hiscox JA, Scottish Medical Journal Aug 2006

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