Increasing Efficiencies with Ordering and Storing Medical Supplies

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Impact Statement: 
In the long term, Licking County Health Department anticipates cost savings with respect to medical supplies. In the interim, they have successfully reorganized their supply process by creating a central supply storage location and implementing a streamlined supply ordering process without experiencing any supply outages. This effort was needed to accommodate changes experienced as a result of combining two health departments; another indication of success was revising the process without having a negative impact on employee morale.
Summary: 
Licking County Health Department (LCHD) set a goal of achieving cost savings for medical supplies. The quality improvement (QI) team to work on this goal comprised nurses, nursing management staff, and information technology (IT) staff. The group readily identified multiple inefficiencies associated with ordering and storing medical supplies. The short-term goal was to consolidate various storage areas into one centralized location, and the longer-term team goals are to evolve to a quarterly ordering schedule while maintaining zero supply outages and to experience a decrease in supply costs.
Organization that conducted the QI initiative: 
LCHD
Citation: 

Kintner, D. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Increasing Efficiencies with Ordering and Storing Medical Supplies. Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:15. Available at https://www.phqix.org/content/increasing-efficiencies-ordering-and-storing-medical-supplies. Accessed May 27, 2018.

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