American surgeons are no strangers to the term “surgical staples,” which refers to staples that are typically used to close wounds and to facilitate cleaning of surgical equipment and tools.
In fact, it’s been around for more than a century.
But, in 2018, the medical specialty finally found a better term for what surgeons have been doing since the turn of the century: non surgical staples.
“Non surgical staples,” as it’s now called, was coined in 2015 by the American College of Surgeons (ACPUS), which is part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
It was named for the medical term for staples, non surgical.
For years, non-surgical surgical staples have been a staple in the medical world, because they can be used to clean surgical tools and supplies, as well as to remove debris and staining from surgical instruments.
These staples are generally placed between surgical instruments and instruments, or on surgical surfaces.
But over the past two decades, a growing number of surgeons have realized that they can make their staples more versatile, and that they might be more effective at removing surgical debris.
“There’s a lot of frustration about how little non-staple products are available, especially for surgeons who want to make the most of their training,” said Dr. John Fritsch, the ACPUS’s vice president of education and research.
“It’s really important for them to know that the medical profession can take care of non-traditional staples.”
In the past few years, several surgeons have begun experimenting with non-treatable surgical staples, including a surgical sponge, an elastomer sponge, and a microfiber cloth, all of which are now being used to safely remove surgical debris from the surgical tools that surgeons use to treat patients.
The non-specialist staples have proven to be highly effective at clearing debris, so much so that they’ve been given their own category in the ACPs guidelines.
In 2018, Fritsche and other surgeons wrote the guidelines for the new category of non surgical supplies, which includes surgical staples and a variety of non treatable staples that can be reused, reused again and used again.
Non-specialists staples are not available to hospitals and are not eligible for reimbursement.
In addition to the guidelines, the American Medical Association (AMA) has launched an online petition to encourage more doctors to use non-medical staples.
A number of physicians are also working with the AAMC to make sure that non-Surgical Staple Remover is included in the AAMS curriculum.
The AAMS is the governing body for all American medical schools, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College for Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy for Neurology, American Heart Association, American Thoracic Society, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and American College Medicine.
It is the largest medical education body in the United States.
Fritch said non-care-giving staples are especially valuable to surgeons, because many of them are made by companies like Kinko’s and Home Depot.
“The company doesn’t just make things like disposable socks, but also a lot more specialized things like surgical supplies,” Fritches said.
“They have the best non-precision stuff around.”
Fritche said the AAMA has been working with a number of manufacturers to make these staples more widely available, to encourage use by surgeons and other specialists.
In addition to non-tradable staples, many surgeons have developed a specialty called microfibers, which are typically made of plastic that are used to seal the surgical incisions made in patients.
Microfibres can be placed between the surgical instruments, which allow surgeons to remove a tiny amount of material while allowing them to easily remove more.
The microfibrils can also be used in conjunction with non treatables to provide greater control of debris.
The AAPS has been trying to encourage hospitals to use these staples as a tool to safely manage debris, and it has developed guidelines to help hospitals and surgeons.
The guidelines, which were first released last month, state that the surgeon must “use the staples appropriately and maintain them securely during use.”
The guidelines also say the surgeon should make sure the staples are used with the correct technique, and the surgeon is instructed to avoid placing the staples directly on the wound.
Frugal surgeon Dr. Richard Koehler of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said that it’s important for hospitals to be proactive in helping surgeons avoid unnecessary procedures, as it can result in unnecessary pain and suffering for patients.
“I’ve heard about surgeons using staples for years, but the thing I’ve learned is you have to make them a little more disposable,” Koehlers said.
While the American Association of Surgeon-Assoc.