The recent presentation “SUD Reprocessing: Financial and Environmental Impacts for the OR” sponsored by Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) received a great rating from attendees. Those who attended the webinar gave the session a 4.6 rating on a 5-point scale with 5 being the best possible score.

The webinar featured AMDR President and CEO Daniel Vukelich.

Most U.S. hospitals leverage single-use medical device (SUD) reprocessing as a proven strategy to reduce supply chain costs and regulated medical waste generated in the OR. SUD reprocessing safely saves hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars and diverts tens of millions of pounds of waste annually in the U.S.

The webinar served as a primer on regulatory controls for SUD reprocessing in the U.S. Further, as SUD reprocessing has grown in recent years, new trends have emerged that can adversely impact the success of a program in the OR. This session provided an overview of those developments and shared tips for maximizing financial and environmental savings in the OR.

For example, it looked at newly published data that can increase clinician support for SUD reprocessing. The webinar also shared examples of contract arrangements that could unnecessarily limit a facility’s reprocessing savings potential.

The webinar concluded with an informative Q&A session where Vukelich shared his expert insights to help attendees with the challenges they are facing at their health care facilities.

Attendees were grateful for the insights as seen in the comments collected via a post-webinar survey.

“Great presentation very knowledgeable speaker,” Tammy R. said.

“It was a very professional and educational webinar,” Darlene H. said.

“Excellent webinar. Very good information,” Gina L. wrote in her survey.

In another recent session, Lucy Lee, RN, MBA, B.M, PMP, shared her knowledge with OR Today readers via “Art and Science of Block Schedule Management.”

Lee is director and co-founder of Hospital Performance Management (H.O.P.E. Management). She is an experienced people and project manager with 20 years of clinical, managerial and consulting experience in health care. She has provided management-consulting services within a variety of acute care institutions in the teaching, community and for-profit sectors. Lee has led a variety of perioperative department turnaround, productivity improvement and operational cost reduction projects in comprehensive engagements.

Efficient and effective operating room utilization is the cornerstone of a financially productive department. A well-designed and managed block schedule creates the framework for a highly dynamic process. Lee’s presentation reviewed industry principles surrounding the creation and maintenance of a block schedule, and key points of an effective policy and procedure. She explored a real life case study of block schedule policy and procedure refinement, in particular, the implementation and reinforcement of the policy, and the best practices that have been embraced to facilitate ongoing management of the block schedule. Her interactive dialogue led attendees to identify common errors, potential pitfalls and proactive tactics to avoid issues.

During the presentation, participants learned the essential elements of an effective block scheduling policy, procedures and success factors of policy enforcement. The webinar provided a definition and calculation methodology of key performance indicators and solutions to complicated scenarios of block utilization measurement.

Lee also described practical strategies to drive collaborative decisions and optimize the use of OR time and resources through data-driven block management.

The webinar received high marks from attendees in a post-webinar survey.

“I found the webinar presented today both informative and motivating to maximize utilization within our facility,” Christy B. wrote in her survey.

“This presentation validated some areas we are doing well at and gave inspiration to areas of opportunity,” Karen J. shared.

“The webinar was very timely as this is a huge challenge here and we are working toward effective and fair management of our blocks that are currently controlled by the chief of surgery. Taking control of our blocks will be paramount to successful OR resource management,” Randall R. added.

For more information about the OR Today webinar series, including recordings of previous webinars and a schedule of upcoming webinars, visit ORToday.com and click on the “Webinars” tab.