As economic pressures grow and reimbursements decline, healthcare facilities face tough decisions regarding their instrument maintenance programs. As a significant line item in most sterile processing department (SPD) budgets, some facilities are cutting preventive maintenance programs in an effort to reduce that area of spend in the short term. Others, taking a more strategic approach, are adopting preventive maintenance programs or increasing their current investments in this area, recognizing that properly maintained instruments can reduce costs in the long-term by minimizing costly repairs and enabling SPDs to better serve operating rooms, which are the revenue-generating centers of most facilities. PREZIO Health’s Greg Bright, Vice President of Operations and Business Development, is among the experts discussing factors that affect instrument maintenance programs.
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