There are many unique benefits for you when working with us, including:
Hygia reprocessing protocols place no burden on your patient care staff.
We provides seamless introduction of a device reprocessing protocol tailored to your facility. Through complete unit in-servicing, Hygia will communicate protocol objectives and specific facility cost-avoidance goals. Hygia reprocessing protocols require no staff device preparation or segregation, no centralized device collection, and no shipping responsibilities.
Hygia provides on-site training for your staff.
Hygia provides the experience, expertise, and infrastructure necessary to successfully manage a reprocessing protocol to a defined goal. To promote maximum staff compliance, Hygia will in-service all shifts of all participating units, locate and collect recovery containers at the unit level. Hygia maintains responsibility for developing your reprocessing goals, communicates progress toward those goals, and intervenes/rewards individual units.
Each and every device is tested.
Hygia performs functional testing on 100% of all devices in order to ensure the functional integrity of our reprocessed devices. This extraordinary quality assurance measure maximizes your financial benefits and ensures staff and patient satisfaction.
Highly recommended, environmentally friendly disinfection technology.
The CDC, APIC, SHEA, and AORN recommend Hygia’s high-level disinfection technology. Hygia’s technologies ensure safest patient presentation of reprocessed devices as no chemicals, germicides, or carcinogens are permitted during reprocessing. In addition, the only environmental by-product of the Hygia process is water. Hygia technologies offer these unique benefits to partner facilities:
- Decreased reprocessing time
- Maximized device integrity
- Increased patient/staff safety
- Maximized device life expectancy
- Increased environmental benefits
- Decreased discard rate
Two-week turnaround from recovery to delivery.
Hygia will provide partner hospitals a two-week recovery/delivery cycle on reprocessed devices. This unrivaled level of service:
- Maximizes institutional cost-avoidance opportunities
- Encourages inventory management efficiencies
- Minimizes effects of OEM backorders
Thorough device cleaning.
In order to provide maximum disinfection and the highest quality presentation of reprocessed devices, Hygia performs both a hand cleaning and a machine cleaning of all devices prior to disinfection. Hygia’s cleaning processes ensure removal of bioburden, disinfection and visually appealing devices for reuse.
Because cost-avoidance is primarily determined by your staff’s simple compliance, Hygia tracks all recovered devices to their source unit within the hospital in order to provide data and immediate feedback toward compliance management, detailing the number and type of devices recovered by unit and date and also the total savings associated with those specific recoveries. These proprietary reports:
- Stimulate participation through immediate feedback
- Identify the extent of unit participation
- Allow Hygia to develop and enact incentive programs and intervention strategies for units
- Permit Hygia to reward units for superior compliance
- Provide hospital administrators with accountability data
- Unit and device specific recovery reports
- Hospital and unit progress reports
- Discard reports
- Validation reports
- Shipment reports
- Product receipt reports
- Others as requested by client
To the extent that it benefits hospitals to partner with a minority-owned enterprise, Hygia fulfills that qualification.
Multi-level bar code tracking system.
Hygia’s extensive bar coding protocols are used for device tracking and process validations and allow for searches and recalls by device, package, box or shipment.
Patients and staff need not be concerned with potential latex allergen reactions because Hygia reprocesses in a latex-free environment and exclusively utilizes latex-free materials in all devices.
Device directions for use are provided.
Clearly written and easy to understand instructions for use accompany all reprocessed devices upon return to source hospital. This guidance is unique in the industry for non- and semi-critical devices and allows facilities to reuse target devices safely and confidently.
Triple-redundant disinfection validation.
Hygia utilizes integrated data conditions recording, independent thermal confirmation, and thermal sensitive monitors to ensure that high-level disinfection as recommended by CDC, APIC, SHEA, and AORN has been achieved. This triple redundant protocol ensures validated and completely safe devices for reuse.
Infection Control Credentials
Hygia disinfection protocols are designed, implemented and monitored by Dr. James Farmer, III. Dr. Farmer served as Chief of the Enteric Reference Laboratory, Nosocomial Infection Section, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Farmer’s extraordinary leading edge experience in preventing and tracking Nosocomial Infections gives Hygia’s clients complete confidence in the efficacy of Hygia disinfection protocols.
Hygia utilizes clean reprocessing technologies with no chemicals or germicides and no environmentally harmful toxic out-gassing.
Minimized discard rate.
Hygia’s unique technologies and proprietary processes enable maximized device return to partner hospitals. Of course, a greater return rate equates to greater reprocessing savings for our partners.
Local sales & support.
Hygia employs both sales and service representatives local to all facilities. Local representation means immediate response to concerns, immediate communication of new protocol goals, consistent monitoring of performance and savings, and reliable Hygia presence toward in-servicing, intervention, and reward programs.
In order to assure the highest levels of Quality Assurance, Hygia permits no outsourcing of services. Hygia maintains complete control of all aspects within a reprocessing protocol so that Quality Assurance standards are never compromised.