4 benefits of decreasing your SKU count

It’s important to surgery centers to run as efficiently as possible – in other words, as lean as possible – while providing excellent patient care. So, it’s often surprising to surgery centers when they review their inventory and realize how many SKUs they are carrying – and how much it’s costing them.

Decreasing your SKU count has a lot of benefits for surgery centers that help to streamline operations and reduce supply costs.

Benefits of decreasing your SKU count:

  1. Save storage space in the OR
    Identify and combine all supplies needed into a single pack – from OR setup to cleanup. Include single sterile items that you might otherwise take from the storeroom during a procedure.
  2. Reduce shelf space in your storeroom
    By consolidating all of the items you need for each procedure pack, you’ll minimize the need to keep bulk stock in your storeroom.
  3. Spend less time managing supplies
    Create all-in-one procedure packs and clinicians won’t need to leave the OR to get extra items from the storeroom. They can focus more on patients, instead of picking supplies.
  4. Lower your inventory carrying costs
    When you standardize by product and manufacturer – and consolidate supplies in packs – you’ll reduce both SKU count and inventory levels.

To make sure your surgery center is a lean, clean, well-oiled machine – review your inventory and look for opportunities to standardize. If you don’t have the time to review it yourself, then ask your distributor to help! At Cardinal Health, we have a dedicated ASC team that helps customers find savings through standardization processes – like decreasing your SKU count and consolidating items in packs. To get more information on the different ways Cardinal Health’s ASC team can help your surgery center, click here.

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