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Personal Battle - March 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 6 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 2 1 A cardiac procedure is on the schedule and there are eight different-sized stents — at $80 a pop — that could be used. Your surgi- cal team opens all eight, even though seven will likely be thrown away. That's $560 worth of sup- plies they're about to trash. All too often this sort of waste is baked into supply management practices. What if there was a better way? Assigning staff members to review surgeons' preference cards, track use of supplies and change the cards to reflect actual supply usage can help you shave six — or even seven — figures off of case costs. At Stanford Health Care, where I used to work, updating the preference cards used in pediatric ORs reduced supply costs by more than $1 million, an 8% decrease. Achieving and sustaining this level of sav- Stay Current to Control Supply Costs Maintaining updated preference cards leads to significant savings. Business Advisor Johannon Olson, RN, MBA POINT PERSON Surgical techs are perfectly positioned to track supply usage and make inventory-trimming suggestions.

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