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By Michal In IFU Posted August 13, 2018

Efficiently Managing Manufacturer IFUs for Implantable Materials and Devices

Janet Maier, Clinical Advisor & QC/DD Manager, oneSOURCEJanet Maier, Clinical Advisor & QC/DD Manager, oneSOURCE

If you work in IFU sterile processing or on an Operating Room team, you need reliable, readily accessible instructions to provide important information about biological and nonbiological implants critical to patient safety.

oneSOURCE’s newest medical document database service, the Tissue & Implant Database, gives you exactly that. It’s an easy to use repository of manufacturers’ Instructions for Use (IFU) documents for implantable materials and devices.

Tissue and Implant IFUs

There are so many types of implantable materials and devices. Human tissue allografts, cardiac pacemakers, stents, vascular grafts, repair meshes and slings, devices and orthopedic joints, just to name a few. And there are just as many manufacturers engaged in this market – each providing their own IFUs with specific information about their product.

Biologic tissue IFUs include critical information about storing, transporting and handling sterilized human-, bovine-, and porcine-derived materials. IFUs for non-biological implants include similar storage and transportation instructions for prostheses and devices as well as re-sterilization instructions for certain materials (e.g., screws or other hardware) that may go unused in given procedure but can be utilized in a future case.

As an IFU sterile processing technician, OR nurse or a materials manager, you know all too well the importance of the detailed information buried in these IFUs – instructions that help you do your job exactly right, protecting the safety of your patients. Further, The Joint Commission, CMS  and other accreditation and standard-setting organizations require healthcare facilities make these IFUs available to you and everyone else in your facility who needs them.

The oneSOURCE Solution

oneSOURCE’s Tissue & Implant Database contains these IFUs exactly as they’re received from the manufacturer. The oneSOURCE team members continually review documents to assure you that the version you see is the manufacturer’s most current. They’ll also contact the manufacturer to acquire IFUs that may not be currently in our database by way of your request. Our dedicated Tissue & Implant Database team is staffed with experienced healthcare professionals to meet your patient’s safety and infection prevention needs. OneSOURCE provides you the confidence that your documentation requirements are met.

Time-Saving Features

The service is designed so you can quickly find the IFU documents you need by searching the manufacturer, product number or description. You’ll be able to customize it by maintaining a list of frequently accessed IFUs and add notes or other proprietary information about an IFU that is shared across your facility. There is no limit to the number of users at your facility.
The oneSOURCE Tissue & Implant Database puts all of this information at your fingertips, at all times any day of the week. Rather than a source of frustration and delay, you’ll find that accessing IFUs from oneSOURCE will become routine and second nature for you and your team members. 

Janet Maier oversees much of the quality control function for the oneSOURCE document databases. She is a former Certified Surgical Technician.