ASC supply chain tip of the day: Dedicate a 'hub' for supplies

ASCs should minimize the number of different storage locations for the same item, said Molly Ehrlich, Vizient's consulting director of advisory solutions for supply chain operations.

She shared the following supply chain tip with Becker's ASC Review:

"To this end, ASCs should dedicate one room as a main, incoming storeroom. From here, items are distributed to user locations without storage points between. When possible, there are no additional storage locations for the item —especially for low use, expiration dated items. ASCs should think of having a hub and spoke supply storage system where the hub is the primary (and incoming) storage location for every item," she said.

"From there, each item has multiple end storage locations — at point of use — but no other storage stops along the way. This ensures that only the amount of inventory necessary to support demand (and usage during lead time plus some safety stock) exists in the ASC. This strategy ensures the ASC is not tying up cash in supplies and inventory."

To submit an ASC supply chain tip for consideration, please email Rachel Popa at rpopa@beckershealthcare.com.

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