Article Title: How can your ASC reduce waste by 5% and accrue savings? Manage your inventory
Author of Article: Mary Rechtori
Date of article: September 11, 2017
Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) have untapped opportunities to reduce waste by better managing inventory. One recommendation is to collect data on the supplies surgeons are actually using during surgeries, to better match supply with demand. A surgical center which did this analysis saved 5% on inventory, and the savings went straight to the bottom line. Inventory management in an ASC takes a team, though, so the key is employee engagement.
1. Consider the types of inventory waste mentioned for ASCs. What comparable wastes do you see in your organization?
Guidance: Since all businesses have to manage inventory, whether raw materials, finished goods, or indirect supplies, this can generate a discussion about different types of inventory and symptoms of excess inventory.
2. What effects does inventory waste have on you or your organization?
Guidance: This question can provide an opportunity to discuss resource management, how waste affects the environment, the community, morale, and productivity.
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