What is the best approach – reprocessing surgical instruments on-site in each hospital or surgery center, in a centralized location within a health system that serves all of its surgery sites, or in an off-site facility away from the point of care?

Over the years, Healthcare Purchasing News has explored the pros and cons of each approach, the last time being June 2020 as hospitals and surgery centers struggled with COVID-19-related elective surgery delays and cancellations. At that time, HPN asked the question: Will the pandemic change where and how instruments are processed?

Based on insights from Central Service/Sterile Processing & Distribution (CS/SPD) department professionals, product and service providers, and others in the industry, it seems COVID-19 has driven some changes in reprocessing practices, but there are other factors at hand that have influenced where reprocessing takes place even more. . .

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