Why can I not stand on the superabsorbent products?

When the superabsorbent products absorb fluid, they start to swell, because they retain the fluid. Swollen products could break and leak out gel if stood upon. Gel leakage is very slippery. It also becomes slippery to stand on the mat, because of the gelification inside the mat.

Which product is not Superabsorbent and how is that different?

DryMax XL and the white part of Combimat are not superabsorbent products. Therefore, these mats can be stood upon and they can be cut. But they do not absorb much fluid and they do not retain it.

We have only smaller amounts of fluids, which DryMax floormat do you recommend?

We recommend DryMax XL, which absorbs approx. 1,5 liters of any kind of fluids. You can stand on DryMax XL.

Which side of the products should be facing the floor?

The DryMax XL and DryMax Combimat (white part), which have a blue antiskid backing, should have the blue side facing the floor. Please note that the antiskid function only works when placed on a dry floor. These products should be placed on the floor prior to any surgery or procedure.

The Superabsorbent products, DryMax 2.4 and DryMax Triple, can be put on the floor on any side – as they absorb from both sides. They can be placed on a wet or dry floor.

How much fluid does the product absorb?

For relevant comparison purposes our performance data on the product information sheet gives the absorption capacity for tap water and 0.9% NaCl (saline).

If the fluid contains bodily fluids with proteins, the absorption capacity will decrease compared to the saline data provided.

Do I need to select a specific model for a specific procedure?

For large amounts of fluids, we suggest our Superabsorbent floor mats DryMax 2.4, Triple and Combimat (green part).

For smaller amounts of fluids DryMax XL and also Combimat (white part) are suitable.

There are no guidelines for which model is best suited for a specific procedure. The amount of fluid reaching the floor and the work pattern in the OR will determine which models are optimal to use. The sizes of the products are determined so that the weight of a fully saturated product should still be convenient for the staff to lift and remove.

Do you have a larger surface of the XL mat?

DryMax XL comes in one pre-cut size but is also available as a roll, DryMax XL-roll.

How do I best place the products on the floor?

There are seldom two rooms or layouts being the same. The set up for different procedures varies. Even the set up between different surgeons for the same procedure varies. Please notice where the fluid normally ends up, and place the mats in such areas. Often you will find the fluid following folds in the drapes from the table.  The DryMax 2.4 can be placed on the floor anytime during the procedure when you notice fluid accumulation. The DryMax 2.4 absorbs both the fluid being already on the floor as well as the fluid coming down from the table.

For the DryMax XL and Combimat, please note that these should be placed prior to any procedures and should be placed where the surgeon primarily will be standing.

What do I do when DryMax 2.4 or Triple is saturated but there are more fluids to be absorbed?

Replace the saturated product by picking up the saturated product and put it in the waste bin and place a new one on the floor.

If the fluid is spread out on a larger surface add more products. DryMax 2.4 and Triple absorbs from any side and can be placed on a wet floor.

How do I dispose the products?

We recommend that our products be incinerated. Combustion forms water and carbon dioxide.

USA – The superabsorbent products retain the fluid in the product and can be placed in non-hazardous waste bin (refer to your local state regulation).

In what way do DryMax Superabsorbent products contribute to infection Control?

By absorbing and retaining contaminated fluids. The superabsorbent products do not drip while being lifted and carried for disposal.

How much will the DryMax products weigh after use (after absorption)?

The weight of a used product depends on the absorbed volume. I.e: A DryMax 2.4 having absorbed 3 liters of saline solution will weigh approx. 3 kg. DryMax XL having absorbed 1 liter of water will weigh approx. 1 kg.

The sizes of the products are determined so that the weight of a fully saturated product should still be convenient for the staff to lift and remove.

Why are DryMax disposable floor mats better to use in OR than textile towels?

DryMax Superabsorbent floor mats are specifically designed for “wet” procedures. They absorb and retain the fluids. With textile towels on the floor there is a high risk for tripping and falling and fluids are not retained.

What is 0.9% NaCl?

It is 0,9% Saline Solution, ie 0,9% Sodium Chloride solution.

Can I cut the DryMax XL and Triple?

The DryMax XL can be cut into desired size.

DryMax Triple cannot be cut. No model of the Superabsorbent products can be cut.

Do you have a dispenser for the products, so I can easily access them when needed?

No, there is no specific dispenser for DryMax Floor mats. Be always prepared by having an amount of products in the OR. Place them in a place where they are easily accessible.

Are there any Clinical studies made with DryMax floor mats?

Studies made with DryMax superabsorbent products, similar to DryMax 2.4, Triple and the green part of Combimat, show an efficient absorption and retaining of contaminated fluids. Collecting fluids containing bacteria into the DryMax superabsorbent products, hygienically removing the products without dripping, will contribute to infection control. The DryMax products are frequently used all over the world for a cleaner and safer operating room.

Are DryMax Operation Room-products Latex-free?

DryMax Operation Room-products are not made with natural rubber latex.

Sales

Please contact our Director International Sales Maria Somvall for more information and sales.
+46 (0)702 309 499
maria.somvall@absorbest.se