Two weeks ago, we highlighted the first few benefits that you can take advantage of by marrying rigid containers and inner baskets. While not all hospitals choose to adopt this practice as needs and processes differ from facility to facility, your team should consider all the benefits before you decide whether or not to marry your containers and baskets.

Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly

Typically, inner baskets are always labeled with a permanent label that identifies the tray name. If the rigid container that houses the basket is permanently paired with the specific basket, a permanent label will also be placed on the rigid container. If the basket and rigid container are not paired, multiple labels and disposable tags are needed. Every time the tray is processed, a label will need to be printed and a disposable tag (like a luggage tag) will be needed to attach the label to the tray. However, by matching and labeling the basket and rigid container, you can save the added expense of disposable labels and tags. Plus, if your hospital is trying to cut down on waste and be more environmentally friendly, marrying baskets reduces the environmental footprint of the hospital by eliminating the disposal of so many different labels and tags every single day.

Preventative Maintenance

All rigid containers have manufacturer’s instructions for use. This not only provides instructions for cleaning and sterilizing but also for routine preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance for most rigid containers involves inspection that goes beyond the capabilities of the sterile processing department. When the inner basket is married to its specific rigid container, the rigid container can receive routine maintenance when the instruments are sent for preventative maintenance. By sending the instruments in their assigned specific container, both the instruments and container receive preventative maintenance, giving your hospital documentation of the preventative maintenance that now includes both the instruments and the container rather than just the instruments. While the initial work of marrying containers might seem daunting, the results from doing so can provide long-term benefits to both the hospital and the sterile processing department. If you’re unsure whether or not your hospital should make the switch and begin adopting this practice, we’d be happy to walk you through the pros and cons, based on your facility’s specific needs and set-up. Censis is able to support your facility either way, so reach out to our team of experts today to start the conversation. Author: Kelly Swails MA, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ST

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References
  • AAMI. Annex I: Development of a prepurchase evaluation protocol for rigid sterilization container systems.
  • All You Need to Know About Rigid Sterilization Containers. https://www.pfiedler.com/ce/1270/files/assets/common/downloads/All%20You%20Need%20to%20Know%20About%20Rigid%20Sterilization%20Containers.pdf
  • Don’t Get Weighed Down by Instrument Sets That Are Too Heavy. http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/465552O/just-say-no-dont-get-weighed-down-by-instrument-sets.pdf
  • V.Mueller Genesis™ Reusable Rigid Sterilization Container System Operator’s Manual. file:///C:/Users/swailsk/Downloads/SU_Genesis-Container-Operator-Manual_UG_EN.pdf