Survey Finds 40 Percent of Health Care Providers Have Canceled Surgical Cases Due to This Reason

A new Cardinal Health survey finds that operating rooms (OR) need better supply chain management systems to reduce costs and support patient safety. Financial challenges persist across health care systems. And while the OR is among the top revenue drivers for a hospital, it’s also one of the most costly areas to run.

The survey of 305 surgical staff and hospital supply chain decision-makers provides insight into the current inventory management needs of operating rooms in the U.S. Notable survey findings include:

  • The OR supply chain needs better inventory management systems and analytics to reduce costs and support patient safety:
    • 40% of respondents revealed they’ve canceled a case because of missing supplies and 69% have delayed a case because of missing supplies
    • 27% have seen or heard of an expired product being used on a patient and 23% have seen or heard of a patient being harmed due to a lack of supplies
  • OR surgeons and nurses are frustrated with their hospital’s current manual inventory process, but see the benefits of automation:
    • 83% of respondents’ organizations are manually counting in some part of their supply chain, while only 15% have automated RFID systems
    • 39% agree automation reduces costs, and one in four say automated systems free up time to focus on patients and support better outcomes
  • OR clinicians have a role in creating positive change:
    • 92% of frontline providers see the need for an inventory management system designed for specific volume of supplies in the OR
    • 77% would like to be more involved in supply chain decision-making, saying “saving money helps us all”

To learn more about the report and its findings, click here.

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