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Optimizing hospital stock room and operating room supply chain through automation and simulation

Cordier, John (2019) Optimizing hospital stock room and operating room supply chain through automation and simulation. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The supply rooms serving an operating room suite at a hospital have to provide equipment and supplies for procedures every day. The public health importance of having the right equipment and supplies in the stock room is critical to the efforts of any surgical procedure. Patients put their faith in the physician, physician assistants, nurses, and other members of the surgical team with the expectation that they are going to do the best possible job in the operating room. The ability of the physician and his or her team to do their job to the best of their abilities is dependent on having the correct equipment and supplies to do the procedure. The inventory and supply chain management team are tasked with ensuring each surgical team is equipped with the right equipment and supplies for each procedure they perform. The number and diversity of procedures and the different practices of individual surgeons leads to a large number of different items that need to be stored in a limited space. This limited space is further stressed due to the presence of items that have not been in use for long periods of time. To improve the availability of goods for procedures and use of the stock room, operating room data analysis, process engineering, and inventory management methods from industrial engineering were applied to identify and organize operating room dedicated inventory items and create an inventory management policy. Inventory models were used to establish that the revised material handling and inventory policies will lead to improved availability of required items in the surgical suite.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
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Committee ChairRoberts, Markmroberts@pitt.edumroberts@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBanerjee, Haimantihbanerjee@katz.pitt.eduhbanerjee@katz.pitt.eduUNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 33
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2019 00:32
Last Modified: 01 May 2021 05:15


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