There are approximately 6,000 hospitals and 5,000 surgery centers in the United States, performing more than 20 million surgical procedures each year, which require surgical instruments to be arranged and packaged in a container that is sterilized and reused.
Historically, there are known challenges that center on the logistical aspects of performing surgery. Many of these issues are focused around the decontamination, inspection and re-assembly process of reusable surgical devices.
Inefficient reprocessing of instruments causes surgical delays, case cancellations, surgical site infections, instrument breakage and staffing challenges. These inefficiencies result in patients not being seen and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue each year.
With the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, health systems are increasingly focused on cost-cutting initiatives. Reducing inefficiency and waste in health care systems enables hospitals to administer more effective care to people who need it most.
At Restore®, we have developed the patent-pending Restore® Modular Sterilization Tray System and method, designed to lessen the touch points within the surgical sterilization continuum, thereby increasing the efficiency of a process that occurs hundreds of times per day per facility.
By decreasing reprocessing time — and surgical delays associated with contamination and assembly errors — hospitals can maximize their throughput. Depending on the facility, this translates into many more patients being seen and millions in new revenue, in addition to enabling hospitals and surgery centers to deliver quality healthcare.
Some of the benefits of using an organizational system for your reprocessing needs include:
- Decreased loss of surgical instrumentation,
- Decreased assembly time,
- Increased compliance with recommended standards and best practices,
- Optimization of surgical volume by minimizing delays associated with reprocessing of reusable surgical devices,
- Compliance of tray weight (less than 25 pounds) recommendations through set optimization,
- Reduction in sharps-associated accidents,
- Increased focus on inspection and functionality of more complex, high-dollar surgical instrumentation, and
- Reduced capital budget for repairs associated with poor care & handling.