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A Deep Dive Into Surface Disinfection - October 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 T he trick of pur- chasing is creat- ing a seamless supply of stock. When I got into purchasing 2 years ago after years as a surgical assistant, I wanted to create a sys- tem that would provide uninterrupted inventory, one that was more effi- cient and stress-free. Right away, I introduced a two-bin system for storing our sup- plies. When I restock, one bin takes half the bounty and goes off to its specific cart or station while the other stays in a storage unit. Once the first is empty and makes its way back, I send the other one out, full and ready to go, and then I place an order to replenish the empty bin. It's like managing a rotating bullpen. Meanwhile, the staff have what they need, and I can see what's being used and when without hunting down every container throughout the surgical center. Plus, by recognizing patterns, I can arrange patient-specific inventory packs based on what sup- plies are often used together. Paula Starner, LPN Wooster (Ohio) Ambulatory Surgery Center purchasing@woostersurgerycenter.com Two-Bin System for Supplies • DOUBLE THE BINS, HALF THE WORK With a two-bin system for storing supplies, when you receive an empty bin, you send its twin as a replacement and refill the other. Paula Starner, LPN Ideas Work That

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