O.R. efficiency

Customized procedure trays create cost savings

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, September 5 2013Posted in: O.R. efficiency

In 2011, Ramsay Health Care in the United Kingdom decided to act on feedback from clinical staff, which put the drawbacks of generic surgical trays in the spotlight (time investment in set-up and restocking, component wastage and need for additional, single-packed components). When clinical staff is unhappy, O.R. efficiency is hampered. The process was instigated when an operating-room manager attended a talk about the Mölnlycke Health Care OREPP (Operating Room Efficiency Partnership) program, which, combined with staff complaints on wastage in generic packs, moved the hospitals to action.

Ramsay Health Care listened to input from clinical personnel who expect to have the right tools at the right time, leading to an assessment of the cost and efficiency savings made possible by adopting procedure and site-specific surgical trays. While procedure-specific trays pose a higher upfront cost, an initial case study conducted at NHS Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University hospitals, followed by the full eight-hospital Ramsay study, illustrated significant cost savings and component wastage reduction overall.

The aim of the study was to define and reduce wastage and maximise efficiency in surgical trays. The study examined whether (and how) moving from generic or standardised to customised surgical procedure trays from Mölnlycke Health Care would effect real cost and component wastage savings.

47,000 GBP saved

The results show multiple positive outcomes from introducing ProcedurePak trays across the eight hospital sites. The most notable of these results is an annual saving of 47,000 GBP, mainly due to the fact that the participating Ramsay hospitals were able to reduce the number of wasted components by 96,181 items.

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References

  1. A Practical Approach to O.R. Efficiency: Switching to Customised Procedure Trays in Ramsay Health Care Hospitals. Journal of Perioperative Practice. 2013;02(1):9-10.
  2. Greiling, M. More than Time and Money; Defining Operating Room Efficiency. (E)Hospital 2011;5:20-21.
  3. Waste Case Study: Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals. NHS Sustainable Development Unit. 2011(cited 2012 Sept). Available from: NHS Sustainable Development Unit.
  4. Greiling M. A multinational case study to evaluate and quantify time-saving by using custom procedure trays for operating room efficiency. Poster presented at 23rd Congress of European Association of Hospital Managers, Zürich, Switzerland, September 2010.
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