Keeping a hospital running smoothly is a big responsibility. With so many moving parts, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Fundamentally, though, one of the things all hospitals need is supplies, so keeping these resources around is usually step one to getting things on track. As such, here are three tips for effectively stocking a hospital.
1. Consult with the Staff
You know who’s going to know what the doctors are most in need of? The doctors. The same goes for any other position in the organization. Especially if you’re new to the position, it’s important to consult with the staff at a hospital to find out what kind of supplies they’re most in need of. Based on that, you can order what you’re lacking and avoid what you’re not, making predications on when things will be needed again based on feedback you get.
2. Order in Bulk
As both a money saving prospect and to better prepare for emergencies, ordering supplies in bulk is usually a good option. While this is likely not the right move for perishables and other things that can expire, supplies like syringes, masks, medical ID bracelets, and the like are all safe to nab up in high volume as they’re things a hospital will always need. Having more than you might need is a good thing for these items, even.
3. Perform Regular Checks
While the temptation to order things and assume they’ve all made it there and are being used in a way that sticks to a schedule is powerful, it’s very rarely what happens in reality. Because of that, routine checks of both new products coming in and stock in storage are helpful in ensuring you don’t run out at the wrong time. While it’s unlikely things will simply disappear on you, mistakes happen and it’s important to identify them when they arise.
While stocking up on supplies to use at your hospital is an important and daunting task, it becomes a bit easier when you consider these three tips as you go about your job.