Materials Management

Materials Management Expertise for the OR and Procedural Areas

Operating rooms and procedural areas are vital centers of care for patients, and they can also be significant sources of revenue for hospitals. Managing the cost of surgical materials therefore has a direct impact on profitability, but hospitals must be careful to maintain productive, positive relationships with surgeons.

Surgical Directions allows hospitals and surgeons to get the most out of their resources, improving the bottom line without compromising care. Nurses are rarely trained in materials management, and supply chain managers can often use surgical materials management guidance and assistance from a clinical perspective. As experienced OR professionals, we work with materials managers, supply chain directors, the finance department and surgeons to implement win-win best practices.

Optimizing the Operating Room, Reducing Operating Costs

Supply costs can comprise up to 50 percent of the total variable cost for a procedure. Managing these expenses is critical to the profitability and solvency of any hospital or health system.

Surgical Directions helps you address specific challenges that must be overcome to reduce surgical materials waste. For example, we often find that items are repeatedly pulled without being used. We recommend only pulling items that are used in 80 percent of relevant procedures, and our experts work with you to implement just-in-time inventory management to reduce carrying costs. With an increased turn rate and low-friction flow of supplies, your hospital can reduce waste, contamination and expiration.

A Patient-Centric Approach

Optimizing your materials management within operating rooms and procedural areas doesn’t only boost the bottom line; it can dramatically improve the patient experience. The money saved can be invested in equipment, training or other resources that enhance the quality of patient services.

When you work with Surgical Directions to improve your surgical materials management, you gain leaner, more cost effective OR and procedural areas that are focused on delivering excellent patient care.