How to choose the best reusable sterilization containers

Investigating sterilization container carePurchasing new sterilization containers can be a daunting task. Moving from blue wrap or transitioning to a new sealed container system can deliver many benefits, including cost savings, waste reduction, and improved protection for high-value instruments and equipment. However, getting the real scoop on the differences between sterilization container systems can be a challenge.

Top quality, made in the USA

At Case Medical, we are proud to design and manufacture the SteriTite® Universal Sealed Container System, a state-of-the-art container system with 510k clearance for all current Clean Instrument Setsterilization modalities—steam (both terminal and IUSS), low temperature sterilization (STERRAD, V-PRO, STERIZONE), and ethylene oxide. Broadly compatible with all instrument types, including, flexible endoscopes, the SteriTite system combines the highest level of quality with efficiency and flexibility to meet your needs.

MediTray® Inserts and Accessories allow for modular customization of any instrument set, including multi-level trays designed for endoscopy procedure sets. Whatever your most in-demand specialty sets, you can be sure that Case Medical has configured trays for similar sets for other customers, so there's no need to start from scratch.

A side-by side comparison

We’ve laid out some key features of rigid sterilization containers in the table below. Consider your needs and compare how various containers stack up (including options for internal stacking!). And let us know how we can help you with your next container conversion project!

See all the benefits of choosing SteriTite rigid reusable containers:

  USACase Medical
SteriTite®

Aesculap
SterilContainer™

BD
Genesis®

Compatibility      
Universally compatible with all sterilization modalities and instrument types, including flexible endoscopes
Ideal for loaner drop-ins with compatible DIN-sized system
Sterility Maintenance      
Prevent strikethrough with unique, offset vent pattern on filter retention plates
Secure, durable filter retention system locks with audible click, ensures plates stay in place when container is opened in the OR
Rivet-free case construction for durability, eliminating potential ingress points for microorganisms
One-year, event-related shelf life for sterile storage integrity
Flexible & Efficient      
Rapid dry time of 5- to 8-mins for terminal steam cycles with paper filters (FDA 510k cleared)
Highest degree of customization with modular components
Low profile with maximum internal usable space
Internal tray stacking of 4 to 7 trays for efficient use of space
Return on investment      
Save money with lower cost in use than other container systems
Long useful life of 10-15 years* virtually free from repairs

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*REMEMBER: You must use pH neutral cleaners to preserve your sterilization containers and prolong their useful life; pH neutral cleaners are they’re better for your instruments, too. See detailed care and handling instructions in the relevant IFUs.

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All or email contact blockIf you’re ready to start a conversation about your container needs, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete this quick form with your contact information and your interest in a custom SteriTite container analysis. We’ll connect you with one of our experts. Our experience helping other healthcare customers over the last few decades gives us plenty of real-life examples to draw from, so we’re sure to have some ideas to help meet your needs.

 

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Sterilization containers can help you maintain timely service to the OR

 

illustration - person scratching head amid squiggly lines, choasManaging chaos versus and preventing chaos—which would you rather do? You can’t always foresee or prevent disruption; however, if you do see trouble coming, making moves to proactively manage the situation is SMART and can prevent headaches.

Read on to discover a few ways that reusable SteriTite® sterilization containers can keep your department on schedule and bring efficiencies beyond those possible with other containers (and certainly with wrap).

Reduce dependence on wrap

If you’re at one of the facilities dealing with wrap orders filled at 80% allocation, you know that running just 80% of surgeries IS NOT an option. The most straightforward insurance policy against wrap shortfalls is a selection of rigid reusable containers. Keep some in inventory for your most frequently used sets or keep some on hand for loaner drop ins.

Remember, SteriTite containers are universal, thus you can use the same container for steam or low temperature sterilization. Want to speed up the process? Use our paper filters in our perforated bottom container and save up to 20 minutes of dry time. Consider our customization options for processing complex sets. When there’s a place designated for each instrument, it’s easy to identify whether the set is complete.

Cataract Tray YPA1091A14AYou can start by transitioning just one service line from sterilization wrap to containers. Or perhaps begin with one supportive surgeon who will collaborate with the sterile processing team to optimize sets, paring down to just the essential instruments. There are many different approaches that will reduce your dependence on wrap and increase efficiency in your department. Even allocating just 10-25% of your monthly wrap budget to container purchases can make a huge difference and will quickly provide a return on investment.

Simplify loaners and turnarounds

SteriTite container for loaner set drop in

Some of the most challenging and wrap-intensive sets are those that walk through your front door 48 hours before a surgery—loaner sets. In particular, heavy ortho/spine sets use the largest volume of wrap and often include a complete set of duplicates, a wasteful but necessary process when using wrap, to avoid reprocessing in case of tears.

Any sets that are turned frequently can be good candidates for containerization. The benefit is twofold: save time in prep and pack and save money by eliminating the cost of wrap, indicator tape, corner protectors, and any other accessories. FYIa frequently turned set will give you the quickest returns.

Cut down on dry time

SteriTite containers, when used with our paper filters in steam sterilization cycles, have FDA 510(k) clearance for minimum 5- to 8-minute dry times. No other container system can deliver such efficient dry times! Specifics are indicated below.

5-8 minute dry time“SteriTite® containers…may be used for storage and transport after steam sterilization with a reduced dry time. Dry loads will be achieved using a minimum of 5 minutes dry time when using perforated bottom units and a minimum of 8 minutes dry time when using solid bottom units.”

All with an improved environmental footprint

The Case for Rigid Containers CE webinar May 6If your facility measures sustainability initiatives, you’ll want to share this information. According to one source, the healthcare industry discards 255 million pounds of blue wrap each year. Switching to containers helps your facility reduce waste. Over a 10-15 year container life span, that really adds up. Choosing paper filters for steam cycles helps minimize dry times and reserves polypropylene filters for low temperature cycles, when polypropylene is in demand for wrap and PPE. Importantly, paper filters are sustainable.

If you’d like to prevent further disruption in your department, and reduce your dependence on sterilization wrap, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and break free. Inquire about our filter, seal, and load card special for increased savings via an automated delivery plan.

 

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