Increasing OR efficiency
Hospitals and healthcare managers around the world are finding better ways to improve internal processes to save time and increase efficiency.
Their goals include improving outcomes while ensuring quality and safety. That involves making best use of the resources they have, easing the stress on healthcare professionals so they can perform at their best, and maximising the use of OR so more procedures can be carried out.
Customised surgical procedure trays are tailored specifically for the needs of the OR staff in that hospital, dealing with that specific procedure. They mean that staff have the right tools at the right time, all in one convenient package.
They simplify the OR team’s work and have been shown to improve operating room efficiency:
- By saving 40-59% of time during set-up, hospitals can complete more procedures
- By freeing up time for staff: the more components included in a single tray, the more time is saved across the entire OR process, from ordering to waste removal
- Because no components are wasted and less packaging is required, component handling is more cost-effective and efficient
- By giving hospitals control of their own stock – hospitals have more ownership of the process and insight, enabling them to forecast more precisely
Staff can spend a lot of time searching for the right equipment for each procedure. Managing and storing stock is also extremely time-intensive. But if it’s well-organised, there are opportunities for efficiencies – reducing the time spent on preparation and change-over between surgeries and on stock management.
Solutions include colour-coding trays. This gives anyone handling them an easy visual identifier – so that they can store trays in a more organised way, notice when stock is getting low and replenish it, and pick trays before surgeries. It also means that all hospital staff can collect trays.
Efficient component management
Surgical requirements and protocols are always changing and surgical components can be wasted when too much is ordered, creating further inefficiencies. Space is at a premium in busy hospitals too. As a result, many hospital managers are introducing lean stock management processes.
By planning deliveries of surgical equipment according to demand, they can reduce waste and cost and they can be sure they always have the right components for the right procedures at the right time.