Ordering multiple sizes of the same product sounded good at the time. Until you learn certain sizes are sitting on the shelves until they expire. According to one estimate, the average hospital can stock upwards to 35,000 skus at any given time.1 Have you ever wondered if there was more clinically relevant product that would take-up less shelf space? The 3M Supply Standardization Program can help streamline inventory management and reduce costs.
Healthcare Inventory Management can be improved with 3M's Supply Standardization Program, which may provide a positive impact on the quality and cost of patient care. We focus on the protocols and processes in your facility. Process variations, gaps in training, and best clinical value are considered to help improve your inventory management. Our assessment will also help you:
Making sure supplies are being used in the specified way, in the right amount, under appropriate circumstances. Matching the institution's clinical protocols and its supplies help to achieve desired clinical outcomes.
Healthcare facilities generate millions of tons of medical waste each year, much of it unused medical supplies created. Part of the problem is the proliferation of redundant, unused, and expired supplies. Reducing SKUs can help reduce waste.
Defining how certain procedures are performed from a clinical perspective can help produce consistent patient outcomes. Policies and processes that also include supply management can help standardize care, elevating the patient experience while managing your costs of care.
1. Darling M and Wise S. (2010) Not Your Father's Supply Chain. (2010) Materials Management in Health Care. 2010 Apr;19(4):30-3.