By Matt Tomory
When it comes to imaging devices, little things go a long way. And not always in the right direction.
A little slip of the hands could cause trauma to a TEE probe, and according to years of data from first-hand experience and researching common failures, trauma is one of the leading reasons for costly repair services. In fact, many believe that “biting” is one of the primary causes of traumatic damage, yet research conducted by our Centers of Excellence show that poor transportation practices and poor set-up practices are a much higher cause.
Additionally, the process of disinfecting a transducer with traumatic damage, such as a hole in the bending rubber or crack in the distal tip, is one of the primary causes of irreparable catastrophic damage.
By implementing the SafeTEE Process Analysis Program, facilities of all sizes can drastically reduce their cost of operations and ownership for TEE and other types of probes. For example, our clinical experts pioneered TEE care and handling assessments as a means to assist customers with failure prevention.
Our pilot customer “owned 10-TEE transducers, yet experienced 28 catastrophic failures stemming from trauma and gross fluid invasion in a single year.” By modifying key steps in cross-functional processes, this customer achieved the following results:
Here are a few of the steps that have helped cut costs and failures in half.
The money saved by eliminating several catastrophic failures with the above steps can often justify the expense of one employee to fully manage this process. With over 20 plus years, we’ve proven that following these tips can potentially save facilities 50% or more in TEE probe maintenance costs, regardless of size and patient volume.
The Process Analysis Program is just one of the segments in our comprehensive SafeTEE program. Our experts provide your teams with the tools and training needed to become the TEE experts in your facility.
To learn more about the SafeTEE Program, go to innovatusimaging.com/safetee or contact us at email@example.com.
Matt Tomory is the vice president of sales and marketing at Innovatus Imaging.
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