Surgical Asset Management Methodology

Our Approach

Good surgical asset management improves efficiencies and surgical instrument quality throughout the perioperative workflow. Aesculap utilizes a unique and methodical process created to balance clinical, operational and financial outcomes.

Expert consultants apply industry best practices and process improvements to improve the various aspects and overall lifecycle of surgical instruments as it pertains to Central Sterile and Operating Room utilization. Aesculap consultants identify the root cause of issues and assist the customer with hands-on implementation of customized solutions.

Diagram showing Aesculap's approach to surgical asset management - evaluate, optimize, implement, sustain

We Know Surgical Instrument Quality

2,700 Consulting Projects

  • 2.5 M Instruments Analyzed
  • 4.2 M Instruments Reduced

Our process eliminates unnecessary instruments from surgical sets reducing inventories by an average of 17%. 

Of an analysis of nearly 3 million instruments, Aesculap has found that 54% of those instruments were not fit for surgery. Additional analysis of water or steam showed that 95% of facilities have some form of water or steam quality issues. Among other things, poor water quality can reduce the efficacy of detergents in removing soil from instruments. This can potentially create a harbor for biofilm on instruments generating risk of cross contamination. 


Pie chart showing 54% of instruments are not fit for surgery (data on file)

The Surgical Asset Program at a Glance

QuickScan® Analysis

The QuickScan Analysis is an intensive baseline assessment of surgical instrumentation and reprocessing practices in the Central Service Department (CSD) and the Operation Room. Aesculap consultants conduct an on-site analysis of instrumentation and reprocessing practices.

Asset Analysis

The Asset Analysis is a qualitative and quantitative examination of your surgical instrument fleet. Aesculap consultants perform an expanded, on-site instrument fleet analysis tailored to meet your facility’s needs. It may include:

  • Inventory of instrument set titles
  • Set Contents Inventory including the generation and/or verification of instrument set count sheets
  • Inventory of back-up inventory

Asset Optimization

The Asset Optimization is the process to standardize, optimize and containerize surgical sets and contents. Our experts facilitate individual sessions with surgeons and OR staff to collectively standardize and optimize surgical instrument configurations.

Process Optimization

The Process Optimization continues the improvement of quality, efficiency and value of Surgical Asset Management within the CSD and the OR. Consultants will assist with the implementation of outlined recommendations to help you achieve your goals and apply proper surgical asset management practices.

Fleet Management

Fleet Management facilitates greater focus on patient care by ensuring instrument tray uptime all without upfront capital requirements.

Key elements of Aesculap Fleet Management include:

  • Instrument Set Inventory Management
  • Instrument Condition Monitoring
  • Asset Repair, Refurbishment and Replacement
  • Optimization Sustaining Programs to include: Tracking, Reporting and Key Performance Indicators


*Data on file.