Supply chain tip of the day: Schedule daily huddles with surgical teams

Supply chain managers should participate in daily scheduling huddles with surgical teams to sequence cases and map out necessary resources for predictable surgical schedules," according to Tom Fox, a managing director at healthcare consulting firm Nova Strategies.

He shared the following tip with Becker's Hospital Review.

"Ideally, these huddles should include team members from supply chain, the operating room, sterile processing and post anesthesia to facilitate dialogue and problem-solving between these departments. In doing so, supply chain managers can identify and resolve potential conflicts by allocating appropriate resources, including instruments, supplies and implants for patients scheduled for surgery within the next three days. 

Additionally, it is important to confirm that specialty instruments from vendors are available to sterile processing at least 24 hours in advance to allow ample time for sterilization, and that specialty implants are received by supply chain the day prior to surgery and sequestered for the operating room."

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