Implementation Strategy: What does a successful implementation of a surgical instrument management system look like?

Technology plays a central role in all aspects of medical progress, even in the area of ​​surgical asset management.

During an episode of the ConCensis host, Tyler Kern was joined by Theresa Cole, Sterile Processing Manager at Northern Nevada Sierra Hospital, and Jason Blake, Project Manager at Censis Technologies – the company behind CensiTrac, a system used to manage anything surgical. instrument management.

When health centers and facilities are looking to adopt a new system, they are looking for several key elements. But for Cole, his main goal was to work with software that made patient tracking easy and easy to use.

“The most important thing is to be able to follow the patients… some kind of thorough implementation to be able to follow the process. We’ve used CensiTrac in the past, so as a system I was familiar with, I was very comfortable and confident using it in this installation,” said Cole.

The CensiTrac system was the biggest factor in Cole’s interest in his management work. The Censis software was going to be used at Northern Nevada Sierra, which piqued Cole’s interest. “CensiTrac was in place…because there are very extensive modules to be able to track paperless, track patient, track instrumentation…it was a very comprehensive system, so that was a feature of sale for sure,” Cole said.

Having a support team in the area of ​​surgical asset management is also important. The Censis implementation team helps hospital staff use the system, ensuring appropriate and safe security measures and getting everyone on the same page for a smooth process.

Early preparation is the main factor for effective implementation of sterile treatment and what must be prioritized.

“The bottom line is their data — what their information will look like,” Blake said.

For sterile processing, these include items such as count sheets and instruments. Blake said: “This is basic training for a tracking system to make sure you have the right data in place. All of their boards, the names of the boards – anything to do with that is a really big thing.

He added that coordination with information technology personnel and understanding of hardware must be emphasized in surgical asset management, as often the transition from one system to another or implementation in a completely new system may involve trial and error, as each institution has its own unique needs.

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