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When Sterile Processing Goes Down: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Strategies for Supporting the Service

  • Susan E. Mittenzwei (a1), Jeannie L. Topkoff (a1), Mary T. Bessesen (a1) (a2), Clifford A. Porter (a1) (a2), Gurdev S. Rai (a1) (a2) and Westyn Branch-Elliman (a3) (a4)...

Abstract

Given steam-quality challenges at our facility, the financial impact of options for reopening the sterile processing service unit were explored; duration of closure was the major driver of costs. Other potential negative effects of operating-room shutdowns include injury to facility reputation, loss of staff, loss of reimbursements, and harm to residency programs.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:1002–1004

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Address correspondence to Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc, Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (westyn.branch-elliman@va.gov).

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When Sterile Processing Goes Down: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Strategies for Supporting the Service

  • Susan E. Mittenzwei (a1), Jeannie L. Topkoff (a1), Mary T. Bessesen (a1) (a2), Clifford A. Porter (a1) (a2), Gurdev S. Rai (a1) (a2) and Westyn Branch-Elliman (a3) (a4)...

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