With patient case volumes rebounding from pandemic-related slow-downs, Central Service/Sterile Processing & Distribution (CS/SPD) departments are once again working diligently to safely and quickly turn around instruments and devices for use in the operating room (OR) and other procedural areas.
But it is not back to business as usual. Hospitals are struggling from significant financial losses and CS/SPD teams from staff shortages due to furloughs and layoffs over the past year. Forced to do more with less money and fewer people, CS/SPDs are taking a hard look at the efficiency of their operations, how they measure it and how they can improve it. . .
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