August 2017, Issue 3 – MDET – The Journal of Medical Device Education & Training
When staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust began looking at how they could improve the organisation’s inventory management, the operating theatres were an obvious place to start.
The department had the highest spend on stock, but also had real issues with managing it. It was difficult to get a clear picture of which products were available, meaning they were either under- or over-ordered. Wastage was common, because goods were not used within an appropriate timeframe. It really wasn’t conducive to meeting the NHS-wide challenge of improving care at the same time as increasing financial efficiency.