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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:27 PM Page 14 IDEAS That Work Practical pearls from your colleagues LESSONS FROM BMW Pick Surgical Supplies Like An Automotive Assembly Line W hen I first saw the automated carousels at a BMW assembly line, I knew the same technology could be useful in my hospital's central processing department. Picture a merry-go-round, but instead of carrying people, the 81⁄2-feet-high carousels carry surgical supplies and devices. The 3 carousels, which cost $375,000 to purchase and install, not including the software, let staff pick up to 4 cases at once. On a daily basis, our central processing staff downloads the next day's surgical cases to the carousel. A staff member then selects the cases she wants to pick and the carousels spin to the right location. Indicator lights tell the operator where to pick, what to pick, the quantity to pick and on which case cart items should go. Staff then pick the supplies as they are rotated to them and presented to them via the carousel. 1 4 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013 ROOM TO ROAM As you can see in these beforeand-after photos, the automated carousels have freed up considerable floor space in the central processing department at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance in Stratford, Ontario.

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