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Archive March 2020 XXI, No. 3

Ideas That Work: On The Move

Endoscope Bins Save Money and Plastic

Urology Health Surgery Center
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.

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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