Tempe, Arizona, USA – March 2019 – Cardiac ablation is one of the highest-expenditure clinical service areas in health systems today. Electrophysiology (EP) labs are leaning heavily on single-use device (SUD) reprocessing programs to help contain the rising cost of care delivery. Case in point: Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions (Stryker), the market-leader, recently sold its four-millionth reprocessed EP device. This equates to more than $800 million in cost-savings for participating health systems.
“Reimbursement rates are declining and hospitals’ operating margins continue to struggle. More than 900 EP labs count on us to help them control costs amid this reality,” said Erin Broeske, Senior Director of Marketing, Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions division. “The four million device landmark underscores health systems’ need for value-driven solutions. At Stryker, we continue to evolve our products and services to keep pace with our customers’ needs.”
Stryker offers customers reprocessed electrophysiology (EP) catheters, EP cables, steerable introducer sheaths and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheters. Every device is fully cleaned, sterilized, inspected and tested under strict FDA oversight, providing EP labs high-quality, clinically safe devices at a lower cost than purchasing new EP devices. Stryker provides a customized collection process, that simplifies the reprocessing program for hospital staff, and ensures a consistent flow of devices available for hospitals to buy back.
Stryker has progressed their offering to drive beyond strictly financial savings through feedback from their long-time partnerships with several of the nation’s EP labs. Stryker offers educational programs that enable labs to maximize the value of SUDs, gain independence and grow talent in their EP labs. Stryker’s 3D Cardiac Mapping Education program helps EP labs capitalize on the use of reprocessed devices by training staff on how to operate navigational capital equipment without original equipment manufacturer (OEM) representative support, giving health systems more control over their supply chain decisions. Stryker also has drawn from nearly 20 years of experience to develop customized solutions and programs including single day workshops for continuing education programs for nurses, allied health and other non-physician professionals in the EP space.
Reprocessing with Stryker allows health systems to achieve financial and environmental sustainability, and improve the delivery of healthcare. For more information on how your facility can maximize the value of its SUD reprocessing program, visit sustainability.stryker.com.
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at www.stryker.com.
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