The robot sorts and stacks the wire baskets with instruments by weight.
The automated SPD and case cart storage from Gibotech have several advantages for us. The physical workload for our healthcare personnel is reduced because we have removed some of the heavy, physical tasks. The full traceability of the materials is ensured, and the storage is utilized even better when it is automated; even though it is a “chaos storage”.
When the newly built University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck (UKSH Lübeck), opened its doors in October 2021, it did so with an automated Sterile Processing Department delivered and installed by Gibotech.
An essential part of the Sterile Processing Department is the sterile storage, where surgical equipment is kept until needed for operations. The entire process in the sterile storage is untouched by human hands and fully automated.
Once the equipment is cleaned and inspected, it is packed into wire baskets and registered. These baskets are then stacked by a robot and sorted by weight. The baskets go through the autoclave and end up in the sterile storage.
The storage is a so-called “chaotic warehouse,” where conveyor belts and an automatic crane simply place the wire baskets on available shelves. The software ensures that the location is recorded, while also optimizing the capacity of the storage.
When instruments are needed for a planned operation, the crane retrieves the wire basket with the appropriate instruments, and a robot with a specially designed tool places the basket in a case cart. The case cart is then sent further along a conveyor belt, specially modified for the carts at UKSH Lübeck.
UKSH Lübeck aimed to reduce physical strain on healthcare personnel by eliminating repetitive tasks and heavy lifting. They have succeeded in doing so, among other things, by using tables that can be ergonomically adjusted for each employee. Another advantage of the automation is that it is easy to keep track of master data and ensure full traceability throughout the process.
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