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Sterile Process Vendor Trays

Improving the process of managing vendor trays in the various facilities presents a real opportunity for improvement.

The first issue is the capacity on the decontamination and sterilization lines in most facilities are struggling to keep pace on many days when a large volume of total joint and spine trays are delivered for surgery or are being processed to be removed from the facility after the surgery is completed.

These trays are the largest and have the most complex IFUs for decontamination and sterilization. Most departments were not built to handle the ever-increasing volume of these trays in the facilities.

In particular, the ASC environment that ran on the high volume, low complexity cases have real challenges regarding the processing of these trays.

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Vendor Tray Logistics and Storage

Creating a centralized facility for logistic management of these vendor trays provides an opportunity to create a documented chain of custody and improvements in the efficiencies needed for the manufacturers.

The “fleet” of instruments will be more efficient once the visibility is delivered to the system of processing and movement for these assets as they are deployed and retrieved for surgical cases.

The instruments can be processed and stored on site ready for deployment to the next case on the schedule and sent using the logistics system of the facility versus the current state which largely dependent on the individual representative and agency.

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Vendor Tray QA for Manufactures

A centralized facility is in a better position to extend the IFUs that guide every manufacturer that receives, or dispatches a set of trays and implants directly from their manufacturing facilities.

Typically these IFUs are very difficult to extend to the local level with the agencies and representative simply because most agencies at the local level lack the decontamination and quality assurance equipment that a manufacturer uses every time they receive an item from the field.

The dispatch side of the equation has similar challenges. No one at the manufacture level is driving around with instruments or implants in a passenger car over the weekend, but that is fairly common at the local level.

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Surgeon Specific Instrument Packaging

Once we centralize the operation, we can begin to optimize the sets using the data generated from the history of deliveries linked to facilities and physicians.

One could imagine creating deployments of sets specific to the facility, the physician, and even the size of the patient if the information were available.

You could dramatically reduce the asset footprint needed to properly supply instruments and implants with appropriate backup devices to any surgery and provide a huge cost savings in doing so.

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Ancillary Surgical Facility Services

Instrument sharpening, asset tracking, instrument use histories are just some of the ancillary opportunities that a centralized local facility could provide in a market.

Manufacturers and the surgical facilities will both benefit from any number of services that could be better deployed through a centralized location that creates the logistic efficiency for the entities.


Sterile Processing Express

Corporate Headquarters

2851 Charlevoix Dr. SE
Suite 327
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phoenix Processing Center

3422 Atlanta Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85040