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OR Today Webinar Receives High Rating


 

 

The OR Today webinar “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 watched the webinar live gave the session a 4.6 rating on a 5-point scale with 5 being the best possible score.

The webinar featured Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (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.

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.

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