• Comprehensive Operating Room Management Consulting Services . . .

    . . . include surgery process and system assessment, cost manage-
    ment, facility evaluation and design, surgery information and bench-
    marking analyses, operating room schedule planning and administration and interim contract management.
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  • Experience Matters.

    SMI Group brings over 60 years experience to clients coast to coast. We can successfully assist you in every phase of the surgery process, including improving relationships between staff, surgeons & referring physicians. We deliver marketable, cost-efficient programs with the latest technology and techniques.
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    Word of our success gets around – and so do we! SMI Group is proud of it's track record, literally from coast-to-coast. Regardless of where you are in North America, let SMI Group demonstrate how we can improve your hospital operation and bottom line.
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  • Let's sit down & discuss how SMI Group can help.

    Give us a call and let's talk about your hospital and operating room issues. We'll crunch some numbers and start your plan.
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  • Succession Planning for the Operating Room

    SMI Group provides the tools and assistance to plan the management succession for your operating room. Our process identifies key roles, management capabilities of existing staff, and cultivates qualified internal candidates to become tomorrow's perioperative leaders.
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Sterile Processing Department Development & Implementation

Sterile Processing Department Development & Implementation

SMI Group hospital consultants are highly skilled at improving sterile processing operations with a proven, result based track record. We can assess your program, identify opportunity, and implement best practice improvements; provide interim SPD management and staff training and education; recommend optimal equipment, design and renovation solutions, install state-of-the-art instrument management systems, prepare your team for regulatory audits and create or update policies and procedures. We can help you increase SPD capacity, which will provide your OR with added scheduling flexibility and volume potential. Our expertise also includes Endoscopic Reprocessing.

Program Assessment

The SPD Program Assessment is appropriate for the hospital needing assistance to help create a vision, to identify opportunities for improvement, or to gain an outside perspective about the quality, effectiveness, and service orientation of their sterile processing function. Recommendations are provided for proposed changes in the organizational structure, training and education, equipment and design options, workflow, communication, and quality assurance.

Infrastructure and physical plant development

We have the expertise to advise you on the best equipment options that reduce cost and utility consumption while meeting your current and projected workload capacity and improving processing efficacy and efficiency. Our experience can benefit you in an inpatient setting, an ambulatory operation or in developing remote sterile processing alternatives. Is space a problem? We can help you in new design, retrofitting existing space, or operationalizing an off-site sterile processing center.

Instrument tracking system implementation

Item specific tracking and status information is critical to provide competitive advantage. SMiG can provide guidance and resource to support the implementation of these systems so that your team can remain on task with daily operations and update services at the same time. We can also teach your teams how to use these systems to actively manage instrument inventory and optimize personnel productivity.

Regulatory audits preparation

Sterile Processing is rapidly gaining regulatory visibility. Surveyors have been specially trained to review various components of Sterile Processing workflow and many locations are not compliant. We can audit your department and recommend solutions to regulatory risk areas as well as prepare for special certifications.

Policies and Procedures

Current policies and procedures that match practice are vital for regulatory reviews, best performance and patient safety. We can review your current portfolio and suggest revisions, updates and additions or create new ones. We can also in-service your staff on those changes.

SPD Staffing Analysis

The SPD Staffing Analysis is appropriate for the hospital that requires a determination of appropriate staffing to meet regulatory compliance and customer demand. This analysis is performed in conjunction with the hospital's SPD manager in order to gain acceptance and transfer understanding of the methodology utilized. The analysis determines the FTE budget and appropriate staffing pattern (by shift, time of day, and work station) and gives the manager a tool for future assessment of FTE needs as program demand changes.

Training and Education Assistance

Training and Education Assistance helps support the critical education needs of the hospital for SPD management and staff:

  • Sterile Processing Department management training/mentoring;
  • Competency-based education program development and deployment;
  • Staff training and preparation for certification.

On-Site Implementation Assistance

On-site Implementation Assistance is often provided in conjunction with or following a program assessment. This type of assistance is appropriate for the hospital/health system seeking both Sterile Processing Department management team mentoring and project management of improvement initiatives. Implementation activities are organized through an OR/SPD Action Committee, which becomes the group responsible for initial project objectives and ongoing quality assurance. Tools and the development of an implementation plan are included.

Interim SPD Management

Interim Management is appropriate for the hospital that:

  • Has an open sterile processing department leadership position.
  • Needs assistance mentoring an existing manager.
  • Is seeking fundamental or significant operations improvement.

Contact SMI Group today to discuss your Sterile Processing Department Management needs.

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