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How to choose the right partner for SUD reprocessing

August 27, 2012
From the August 2012 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

By Brian White

This story first appeared in the August 2012 issue of DOTmed Business News

Hospitals across the country are looking for solutions to manage resources smartly to ultimately help improve the quality of care delivery. One solution that’s producing results is reprocessing single-use devices (SUDs). The cost-savings and waste-reduction benefits for some hospitals can be quite significant. However, not all third-party reprocessors are the same. Choosing the right reprocessor could mean the difference between an average and a healthy cost savings.

When considering SUD reprocessing, it’s important to find a partner that will help you realize maximum financial and environmental benefit to your hospital system while minimizing disruptions to your supply chain, staff and clinical practices. Ask the following questions to help determine the right reprocessing partner for you.

Sustainability is one of our hospital’s top priorities. How can you help us be a more sustainable hospital through reprocessing?

Sustainability in health care today must transcend environmental initiatives to include smart financial resource management. The best reprocessing partner will evaluate your current situation and help you set specific financial and environmental sustainability goals. You’ll also want to explore the tools and best practices your reprocessing partner can offer to help set benchmarks and incentives to achieving your goals. This can include things like savings guarantees.

How will you help us obtain buy-in?

Management and staff must have buy-in for the program to succeed. A reprocessor that provides tours of its production facilities and offers a commitment to produce visual materials that can be displayed in key staff and clinical areas can help remind staff of the benefits to your hospital and increase program compliance.

What type of staff training and education do you provide?

Your reprocessor should provide resources to educate your staff, including regular in-service trainings. Understanding the facts about reprocessing and being fully educated on the program is crucial to realizing optimal savings. The more your staff knows, the more successful your program will be. Additionally, look to your reprocessing partner to help facilitate an ongoing dialogue about reprocessing developments and tips for best practices.

How will you integrate the reprocessing program into our supply chain?

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