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The Cost Efficiencies of Procedure Packs

24th April 2014

Rocialle contributed towards an article in The Clinical Services Journal, with Business Development Manager Natalie Allen quoted extensively. 

In February’s CSJ, Suzann Callander examined how the use of procedure packs helps drive efficiencies and cost savings in the surgical environment and beyond, in addition to helping reduce infection rates through the introduction of more standardised procedures.

On the subject of how procedure packs contribute towards infection control, Natalie Allen, Rocialle Business Development Manager, commented “Because everything needed for a procedure is wrapped up in one pack there is less likelihood of the sterile field being contaminated by opening individual items onto the sterile field. This can reduce the risk of infection, which offers obvious benefits to the patient, the Trust, and the NHS.”

Natalie  explained that before a Trust benefits from time and resource savings brought about by the introduction of procedure packs, a service redesign will be required. “It requires a change in the management process to be undertaken to ensure that all staff involved are engaged with the changes and understand the reasons and benefits of going down a particular route.”

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) encourages healthcare managers to review the entire patient pathway and establish how procedure packs could support them to work more efficiently and cost-effectively. “It is important to know the total number of procedures of a particular type that are undertaken,” said Natalie. “Procedure packs are most beneficial where large numbers of a procedure are undertaken. Other areas which lend themselves to the use of procedure packs are those which require a great many individual components, such as cardiac or orthopaedic surgery,” she continued.

Rocialle mostly manufactures packs to meet customer requirements. “Although there is currently a general trend towards the use of standardised packs, it is actually very difficult to achieve ‘standard’ pack contents because there is still a great deal of surgeon preference which needs to be considered. However, pack manufacturers should assist their customers in standardising packs, where possible, both prior to implementation and throughout the term of the contract,” said Natalie.

It is also important to look at how much time could be saved through the introduction of procedure packs, and to consider the cost of storing the individually procured consumables. “Most theatres will be storing a variety of sutures, drapes and gowns – and all this store room space could be saved and replaced by just-in-time procedure packs. I would estimate that an average theatre store room will contain around £50,000 worth of equipment for use in procedures at any one time. The ‘just-in-time’ delivery of procedure trays would allow for this stockholding to be depleted, releasing most of the cash that was previously held in product,” Natalie said.

When the decision to implement procedure packs has been properly evaluated and, depending on the chosen route to procurement, the next choice will be the contents of the pack. “Meeting the clinicians’ needs should always be the first consideration here,” suggests Natalie. “If a Trust decides on a direct procurement route, then generally, the specific pack items requested can be supplied.” If the Trust goes through a tendering process, then generally there will be an option for using ‘equivalent’ components. “In this case, the clinician should always be involved and should receive samples of the pack for consideration, before the final contents are decided upon.”

In the last two years Rocialle has identified an increase in uptake of procedure packs and not just for surgical procedures. “We have seen an increased demand for custom packs for bariatric, angiographic and plastics procedures,” explained Natalie. “Furthermore, new guidelines are driving growth in areas such as peripheral access and cannulation packs. The new infection prevention guidelines are resulting in many Trusts looking at how they can standardise any invasive procedures which run a risk of infection and have a direct consequence on morbidity and mortality within a hospital Trust.”

The full article can be read or downloaded here:


For over thirty years, Rocialle has supplied healthcare providers with consumable items, vital to patient care. With procedure packs and wide ranges of single-use surgical instruments and medical packs, Rocialle is helping to control infection and drive down the cost of high quality medical products. In Acute care, Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK.

Rocialle is part of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE250 company and a European textile service business with leading positions in most of the countries in which it operates. Berendsen has 15,000 employees across 15 countries throughout Europe. 

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager Tel: +44 (0)7827 830384 Rocialle, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales CF45 4ER

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