How do you process your surgical instruments?

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The Aesculap container range.

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Have you ever really looked at the way your practice processes its sterile equipment? Do you know what the financial, environmental or labour impacts are of these processes?

Your clinic is likely sterilising surgical instruments and implants using at least one of the following methods:

Single-use blue wraps

Single-use wraps are inexpensive and commonly available. However, they are designed to be used once and then discarded. 

Single-use paper or sealable plastic pouches

Single-use paper or sealable plastic pouches are also inexpensive and commonly available. They serve the purpose of allowing small quantities of instruments to be contained and sterilised.

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Like many single-use products in the clinic, blue wrap and sealable pouches will contribute to a significant percentage of a practice’s waste that will end up as land fill. 

The alternative solution for your sterilisation practice is sterile container.

Reusable rigid sterilisation containers are typically made of aluminium. While they require an upfront cost, there’s no comparison in lifespan as rigid containers can last for more than a decade. If you calculate the processing cost per kit, a practice can see savings as soon as year 2 of ownership1, simply by comparing to the cost of consumables that would have been used instead.

As the market leader in sterile containers, the B. Braun Aesculap container range can help you with clear benefits in these areas:

Reduce Surgical Delays 

The Aesculap SterilContainerTM System helps reduce surgical delays since containers can’t be penetrated, punctured or torn.

Reduce cost to your clinic

Aesculap sterilisation containers can achieve up to 80% cost savings over disposable sterilization blue wrap2 and will pay for themselves over time as no outer wrapping is required.3  

Reduce clinics’ waste

Go green and support green purchasing initiatives by moving away from one-time use sterilisation methods. During 2009–2010, 21.6 million tonnes of waste was received at Australian landfills.4

For more information, visit bbraun.com.au/en/products-and-therapies/product-catalog/sterile-goods-management/sterile-supply/sterile-containers.html


References:

1. Data on file..2. Data on file. Medium-sized hospital processes 10,400 sets annually (40 sets processed/day x 260 working days per year).

3. Data on file..4. 8698.0 – Waste Management Services, Australia, 2009-10.

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