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  On Demand  CE  One vs. 100: Implementing Single Use Device Reprocessing
Clinical resource managers are confronted daily with the need to streamline services, meet the needs of surgeons and patients, improve efficiency, and reduce expenses. The days of picking simple, "low-hanging-fruit" savings opportunities are gone and today's managers are faced with the task of presenting and selling more complex initiatives. One of the most discussed opportunities available is the reprocessing of single-use devices (SUD). People tend to be passionate advocates or die hard opponents of reprocessing, so achieving a consensus can sometimes seem impossible. This presentation will provide a detailed roadmap for the implementation of reprocessing from initial discussions to facility-wide execution. It CAN be done, and this presentation will share the secrets of other organizations that have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through reprocessing.
Program Objectives:
  • Discuss the differences between re-usable, reposable, and reprocessed devices.
  • Identify steps to bringing reprocessing into a facility.
  • Describe effective techniques to deal with end-user resistance.
  • Explain how Value Analysis steps can be used to implement successful reprocessing.
Laura Wood, MSN, PhD, President, eXpenseManagementeXperts, eXpense Management eXperts
  Dr. Wood's clinical background includes administrative and clinical experience in Critical Care, Surgical Services, Invasive/ Non-Invasive Cardiology, and Respiratory Therapy.

Laura has been a Value Analysis/Non-Salary Cost Reduction consultant since 1997. During this time, she worked as a Consultant for over eight years with J&J and the McFaul and Lyons Group. Since establishing eXpense Management eXperts (XMX) in 2005, Laura has utilized her expertise to assist clients with the identification and implementation of all aspects of non-salary expense reduction opportunities as well as process improvement initiatives. In addition, Laura has implemented several Mentoring and Modeling programs which provide six-months of onsite and offsite assistance to hospitals seeking to create a Value Analysis culture utilizing an internal leader. This has allowed facilities who lack the size/funds to hire a trained Value Analysis specialist to achieve the same type of savings and cultural integration as many larger facilities.

Dr. Wood holds a BSN and an MSN from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. She also holds a PhD in Healthcare Administration from Kennedy-Western University. She is a member of the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) and the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) and is a frequent presenter at AORN Congress and AHRMM National meetings. She has also spoken at meetings in Canada and England.

Laura Wood has no actual or potential conflict of interest to disclose.
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