Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Managing storage space as volume increases in your facility

Patients continue to migrate from the hospital to the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) space for care.

To make the most of the situation, ASC leaders must help their teams overcome a myriad of change management and operational challenges that occur daily. Here, Marvella Thomas, senior consultant in ASC clinical operations at Cardinal Health, discusses driving ASC growth while supporting patients and clinicians.

Thomas shared some ways to manage the increased need for more supplies that comes with a higher patient volume. Creativity and planning can help reduce the strain of the additional supplies and equipment needed to handle the increased volume. Keep these considerations in mind:

  • Get rid of anything you don’t need, excess, obsolete and expired items. This will create some additional space.
  • Make sure you have the correct inventory levels for the items you do need.
  • Work with vendors on delivery options. It may be possible to increase your days of delivery to allow for placement of smaller orders.
  • Be patient with your materials manager. They are doing all they can to access supplies the clinicians need.


For more tips on ASC optimization, read the full Q&A on our Supply Chain Center.

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