Supply chain tip of the week: Don’t boil the ocean; take a measured approach in standardizing surgical kits

Standardizing surgical kits can be a tremendous cultural shift; top-down efforts alone have difficulty succeeding. Every stakeholder must participate – including materials management, clinicians and the C-suite.

Bringing all parties together creates a “clinical practice community” and a stakeholder forum for discussing how standardized kitting solutions can contribute to improving clinical best practices such as minimizing variation and increasing efficiency. Via this collective focus on critical common goals, clinicians can have fewer product and process related distractions and take back more time for patient care.

To help ensure buy-in across all stakeholders, start small with one or two kitting solutions. Let data analytics objectively identify which kit components can be standardized – and how common packs can be created across your hospital or health system.

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