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Ideas That Work: On The Move
Endoscope Bins Save Money and Plastic
OSD Staff
Publish Date: March 19, 2020   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work
SAFE ARRIVAL Patrice Felsher, LPN, examines a clean flexible cystoscope, which arrived from sterile processing in the container to her left and will be placed in the container to her right after the procedure.   |   Urology Health Surgery Center

The disposable plastic bags we used to use to transport flexible cystoscopes to and from the sterile processing department cost $1.80 each. Each of our four procedure rooms are filled with seven procedures a day, so we wasted a lot of bags — and a lot of money.

We recently purchased six sturdy, reusable lidded containers on Amazon for $90. The containers support and protect the scopes while they're in transit and are cleanable. We've saved about $8,100 over the course of a year since making the switch from bags to bins.

Lore Wieler, RN, BSN, CNOR
Urology Health Surgery Center
Huntington Valley, Pa.
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