Crothall Healthcare and Ascendco Health Announce Partnership

May 9, 2024
The partnership will combine Crothall’s experience in data-driven processes and Ascendco’s instrument tracking technology.

Crothall Healthcare (Crothall), a provider of sterile processing and support services, and Ascendco Health (Ascendco), a health technology company, announced a partnership that will focuses on instrument tracking and overall sterile processing quality within healthcare facilities.

Crothall and Ascendco will combine Crothall’s experience in data-driven processes and Ascendco’s instrument tracking technology to empower SPD professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve the highest levels of efficiency, accuracy, and patient safety.

Through a data-driven approach, Crothall has yielded an audit compliance improvement of approximately 90%, process errors reduction by up to 50%, and productivity gains of up to 62%. These achievements, coupled with Ascendco’s technology, aim to propel sterile processing practices to new heights making a significant impact on patient safety and quality of service.

Ascendco’s Sonar Tracking System, a platform for surgical device management, will be a cornerstone of this partnership. Sonar’s ability to track instruments throughout the entire surgical workflow provides data and insights, optimizing instrument efficiency and minimizing the risk of errors.

As a result of Ascendco’s Sonar platform, sterile processing departments have reduced Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS) rates by up to 10%, sterile return rates by up to 25%, and return to decontamination rates by up to 5%. These metrics are indicators for improved workflow efficiency, better inventory management, enhanced quality assurance, and improved cleaning and decontamination processes.

The collaborative efforts of Crothall and Ascendco will aim to assist in the development of protocols and analytics designed to empower sterile processing.

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