As hospitals and health systems continue to work to manage costs while maintaining quality, surgical tray standardization remains an untapped resource for many organizations. As surgeons request instruments based on their individual preferences, the size of surgical trays continues to grow. And as the number of instruments on a surgical tray grows, the use of those instruments declines, creating unnecessary costs to purchase, process and manage the instruments. Standardizing surgical trays can support hospital efforts to manage costs and maintain quality, but for many are an untapped resource. Here’s what you need to know.
Today more than ever managing change is an inherent part of a supply chain leader’s role. Backorders, substitutions and supplier changes have become almost daily events. While some of these changes may be transparent to end-users, such as changing an office supply, others, such as a critical patient care item, may involve shifting processes and procedures that affect multiple departments across the hospital. In my experience, the latter requires clear communication to all affected groups and end-users to successfully implement wide-reaching supply chain changes.
My vice president recently asked our team to think about our “why” as it relates to our career in the health care supply chain. While I love the work I do, I realized I had never really thought about why I continue in this field. After a bit of soul searching, I was able to determine what keeps me in health care.
Health care is constantly changing and evolving and with the continual movement towards technological integration, the competitive landscape for minimally invasive surgical procedures using robotics will change over the next few years. We expect to see the rollout of new robotic equipment and more manufacturers entering the market. The question is, how will this affect the future of robotic-assisted surgical procedures being performed within your health system?
There’s a Swedish proverb that says, “He who buys what he doesn't need steals from himself.” This applies to hospitals and health systems, too. One additional strategy supply chain leaders can use to reduce expenses is not to spend it where you don’t have to. Here are three areas where supply chain leaders can examine utilization to drive savings and reduce operating and capital expenses with services, supplies and equipment.
The facts are clear, painting a picture of growing toxic chemicals in humans. Many of these industrial chemicals have been linked to negative impacts on human health and development, such as cancer, endocrine, genetic and immune system disruption, as well as damage to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver and reproductive system. Health care organizations can combine their collective voice and purchasing power to drive changes in the marketplace.
Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.
There’s no doubt that the current pandemic has changed the way we think about many things in nearly all aspects of our lives, both personally and in our work. For hospital and health system supply chain leaders, that means continuing to manage the large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was once desperately needed and hard to find. The storage challenges that ensued became more permanent as states begin to mandate how much PPE hospitals were required to have on hand. With so much change and uncertainty, your approach to inventory management will need to change, too.
In my 15+ years of advising hospitals across the nation about how to identify and evaluate variations in the cost of care, I’ve learned a great deal about how physicians select the products they use during surgery. And one thing is certain: physicians often don’t have a way to compare their selections to that of their peers. Providing the right product utilization information in the right way can make all the difference. Here are some of the most effective ways I’ve found to identify those cost outliers and present the total cost of care information to physicians.
The disposable endoscopes market was valued at $1.3 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow 16.9% from 2021 to 2028 due to the low cost of maintenance, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and concerns over cross-contamination of reusable scopes. A growing number of providers are exploring a potential shift from reprocessed to single-use endoscopes for their hospitals and outpatient facilities. Here's a few important considerations for this evolving market.
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