Last week, we walked through the centralized anesthesia restocking process. Today, we have an overview of an alternative approach used by some hospitals — OR restocking using a decentralized strategy. In this workflow, Kit Check automates the restocking process with fully stocked drawer liners that can be replenished in seconds, directly in the OR. Here’s how it works:
- First, a mobile cart with a Kit Check scanning station and replacement medications is wheeled to the OR.
- Next, the used anesthesia tray is removed from the OR cabinet or workstation
- Then, a technician scans the used anesthesia tray to determine what items are missing or need to be removed and restocks it from the mobile cart based on the scan results.
- The restocked tray is then rescanned for accuracy and returned to the workstation or cabinet.
This decentralized workflow for OR restocking of automated and non-automated anesthesia workstations can reduce excess inventory, save significant staff time, and dramatically improve accuracy. Each scan takes just five seconds and the entire restocking process about 2-3 minutes. Studies have shown this process is 99.5% more accurate than traditional manual methods.
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