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The Benefits of Rigid Sterilization Containers
These durable devices keep instruments sterile, safe and secure.
Richard Ortiz, CRCST
Publish Date: August 2, 2022   |  Tags:   Instrument Reprocessing and Care Infection Prevention Staff Safety
Richard Ortiz
CASE CLOSED The author believes rigid containers add efficiency and safety to reprocessing cycles.   |   Photos by Ron Hester Photography

My hospital’s sterile processing department is responsible for turning around 1,500 instrument trays a day. Our surgeons specialize in a variety of orthopedic procedures, including total joints and spine, so our reprocessing techs handle a high volume of complex instrumentation. It’s important that they take every measure possible to ensure the tools are handled correctly and properly sterilized to protect our patients from harm by limiting the risks of SSIs. There is no room to cut corners.

Our sterile processing department is large (around 15,000 square feet) and staffed by about 75 sterile processing technicians who work three different shifts. As the volume of procedures continues to grow, our surgeons require more surgical instruments and more specialized tools than ever before. For these reasons, we rely heavily on rigid sterilization containers to keep the instruments secure and sterile. When used correctly, they benefit our department in important ways.

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