strong relationships with each person involved in
the program. It’s important to find a reprocessor
• Understands that patient safety is—and will
always be—the top priority.
• Strives to support the operational goals of
each healthcare organization.
• Collaborates with each department to identify and enhance overall sustainability efforts.
• Facilitates a smooth implementation of the
program and maintains a constant presence to
ensure the program is running optimally.
• Helps maximize the program savings so that
resources can be redirected to important quality
Integrating a reprocessing program into a
hospital’s existing operations can be a challenge.
A well-supported program by all staff is directly
correlated with the level of bottom-line savings
achieved. This means that a hospital’s key deci-sion-makers must fully support the program. An
effective reprocessor can help alleviate that pressure by taking proactive steps to design a customized program that will work for each hospital
and will ensure a seamless implementation.
Reprocessors should provide a system that
requires minimal effort for collecting devices
after their use. This method should require mini-
mal extra work from clinical staff and shouldn’t
distract them from the staff’s primary respon-
sibility—caring for patients. Some reprocessors
utilize cutting-edge supply chain systems such
as GHX to fit into existing supply, storage and
usage patterns. Advanced technology is also uti-
lized to simplify the purchasing process through
flexible online inventory systems that eliminate
some element of human error.