Financially, hospitals must function like any other organization. One of the most important things that can be done to save time and money is to have a well-organized supply system, in which all inventory is monitored carefully in order to be used exactly when and where it is needed most. This is particularly true considering how large of an industry medicine is, and the fact that a great deal of hospital equipment is rather expensive. The cost of even low-cost items can add up quickly if they are not managed in a way that is efficient and well regulated.
One common example of this problem is the phenomenon known as linen loss. Linen loss occurs when hospital linens, such as gowns, sheets, scrubs and more, are thrown away or otherwise disposed of long before their useful life is over. This problem, which occurs due to a mix of employee or patient incompetence—meaning that these people take home linens or throw them out when they can still be of use to the hospital—and also simply because of bad organization and administration of supplies, costs the healthcare industry hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
While some of this linen loss is an unavoidable inefficiency that is bound to happen in an industry such as healthcare, a great deal of this cost can be avoided using better administration policies. This would include a combination of a new policy requiring employees at hospitals to take responsibility for their linens, and the smart use of management software that can help track both equipment and personnel throughout the hospital environment in order to administrate them the most efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
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