1. Reduction in lost or missing instruments.
Implementing a surgical asset management system allows facilities to reduce the number of lost or missing instruments, including incomplete trays. Lessening the number of replacement assets purchased each year translates to real savings.
2. Reduction in handheld surgical instrument maintenance and repair
Facilities with an automated surgical asset management system reported a decrease in maintenance costs. Vendors can also be held accountable for warranty costs by providing accurate maintenance records.
3. Reduction in scope and power equipment maintenance and repair
Just as with instruments, basing scope maintenance and repair on actual usage rather than guessing when service is due, leads to reduced maintenance costs related to endoscopes.
4. Reduction in scope and power equipment damaged during reprocessing
If a scope is scanned to an incompatible sterilizer, the system alerts the user to the error before the damage occurs. With the average cost of just one endoscope around $15k, eliminating the cost of one replacement endoscope per year is a significant saving.
5. Savings related to enhanced loaner set accountability
Facilities can capture images of sets when they are checked in and checked out, eliminating discrepancies between the vendor and facility related to what was delivered and returned. Charges for items that were never actually delivered, or are mistakenly reported missing by the vendor can be avoided.
6. Reduction in Central Sterile Supply Department Overtime
The OR scheduling system can be integrated with the asset management system, helping technicians prioritize which trays to reprocess first and get to the OR on time.
Not only does surgical asset management save you money, it also impacts operating room efficiency and patient safety.
Operating Room Efficiency:
- Enhanced tray assembly and completeness
- Improved loaner tray tracking and accountability
- Access to analytics that can identify trends where process improvement changes are needed
Patient Safety Impact:
1. Reduction in surgical site infections
The out-of-sequence alerts and other checks and balances related to reprocessing requirements are estimated to reduce surgical site infections by 10%.
2. Avoidance of foreign body Sentinel Events
With surgical asset management, facilities have the capability of identifying missing items from cases, helping ensure full accountability for assets throughout perioperative care.
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