Cardinal Health survey: 69% of organizations report delayed cases due to missing supplies

While most frontline clinicians see inventory management as either "complicated" or a "necessary evil," more than two-thirds of organizations reported experiencing a delayed case due to inventory shortage, according to a Cardinal Health survey of surgical staff and hospital supply chain decision-makers.

Data was based on a November 2017 survey of 305 respondents, including 128 frontline clinicians, 100 operating room supply chain decision-makers and 77 hospital/supply chain administrators.

Here are 24 statistics on supply chain inventory issues those leaders reported experiencing or hearing about.

Had to borrow supplies from another hospital
1. Total: 57 percent
2. Frontline: 52 percent
3. Supply chain: 55 percent
4. Administrator: 68 percent

Had to delay a case
5. Total: 69 percent
6. Frontline: 74 percent
7. Supply chain: 71 percent
8. Administrator: 57 percent

Had to cancel a case
9. Total: 40 percent
10. Frontline: 44 percent
11. Supply chain: 35 percent
12. Administrator: 39 percent

A physician didn't have the product needed for a procedure during the procedure
13. Total: 66 percent
14. Frontline: 73 percent
15. Supply chain: 57 percent
16. Administrator: 65 percent

A recalled or expired product was used on a patient
17. Total: 27 percent
18. Frontline: 21 percent
19. Supply chain: 32 percent
20. Administrator: 31 percent

A patient experienced an adverse event because the right supplies weren't available at the right time
21. Total: 23 percent
22. Frontline: 19 percent
23. Supply chain: 22 percent
24. Administrator: 31 percent

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