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M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 1 W hy continue to carefully cover instrument trays with blue wrap — making even folds, straightening the edges and neatly taping the package shut — when you can place tools in the customized inlays of rigid sterilization containers, snap on a lid and send them through the autoclave? The choice seems obvious when you consider the benefits rigid containers offer to time-strapped sterile processing professionals. 1. Instrument upkeep You can make a compelling case for investing in rigid containers by focusing on greater instrument longevity. "Rigid containers sim- ply protect instruments better than blue wrap does," says Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, president of Sterile Processing University, a New Jersey-based organization that pro- vides online continuing education for sterile processing profession- als. "That's especially important when you consider the amount of money facilities invest in surgical instruments. An average hospital • BETTER OPTION Reprocessing techs appreciate the conven- ience and added efficiencies of working with rigid containers. Making the Case for Rigid Containers Better instrument protection and environmental benefits are just a few of the reasons facilities are deciding to do away with blue wrap. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor

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