Why automate nursing units supply chain?
Having the right supplies at the right time and place is mission-critical to frontline productivity. Although frequent efforts may be conducted to tighten up inventory and improve stock availability, sustainable efficiency in the inventory environment stems from a streamlined, reliable storage practice, advanced organizational methodology, and the accurate capture of demand data.
Automation represents a significant opportunity to improve workflows and release valuable resource time by addressing the following problems:
Time spent traveling, searching for and collecting supplies
Clinical personnel are accustomed to frequent and regular back-and-forth trips made between stock locations and nursing units searching for missing products. Moreover, the distance of storage areas and their often disorganized state, in terms of stock locations, ergonomics and the supplies themselves, add to the time that clinical employees spend traveling, searching for, and collecting products.
Products spread among many disorganized storage areas
A storage practice impacts the dependability of a product location. Ever-changing and duplicate locations erode the accuracy of demand assessments, lengthen picking time – and ultimately delay treatment times.
Frequent stockouts and urgent orders
Disruptive stockouts and urgent orders have become part of the day-to-day routine, but the demand response is only as accurate as the demand capture. The cost of correcting disruptive stockouts is high in terms of the time spent both searching for missing products and expediting urgent orders and the increased inventory value of safety stock put in place to avoid such orders.
Replenishment of non-stock supplies by clinical personnel
We also see considerable involvement of clinical staff in medical supply requisition and replenishment activities on nursing units. Many manual processes exist that depend heavily on nursing personnel evaluating supply needs and putting away delivered supplies.
Cost of excess safety stock and expired products.
Stock wastage is also a common concern within nursing units, as supplies tend to accumulate in the front of shelves, resulting in insufficient overview and inaccessible supplies expiring in the back.
Why choose Logi-D?
An efficient nursing unit that enables staff to provide high-quality treatments requires an approach that addresses both clinical and logistics needs. Logi-D has developed a robust suite of solutions specifically designed to respond to the supply management and workflow challenges that exist in nursing units today.
Drawing on detailed time and motion studies performed by our consulting team, this innovative solution suite controls inventory levels, facilitates turns, and helps prevent the use of expired products, all while releasing substantial clinical time. Whether added to existing storage equipment or implemented in conjunction with the Logi-D best-of-breed high-density storage system, the nursing unit solution suite enhances replenishment practices based on lean methodologies by integrating proven automation technologies.
While Logi-D solutions respond to universal challenges, a successful supply chain transformation does not follow a one-size-fits-all approach. In consideration of the unique processes and workflows that exist within nursing units, Logi-D employs a consultative approach towards building a solution. Collaborating with Logi-D, therefore, means to gain access to a repertoire of supply chain experts who help to identify areas for improvement, analyze best practices, and set a course for a desired future state.
Quite simply, choosing Logi-D means having the right supplies at the right time and place, while positively affecting the bottom line.
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