Trustees of Dartmouth College, Batalden, Godfrey, Nelson
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Standardizing supplies and inventory leads to decreased rework, high predictability of needed supplies being present, and fewer interruptions to the flow of patient care. Standardize supplies in rooms and have them stocked at all times. Providers need to come to a consensus on what the standardized supplies should be in the exam rooms to increase flexibility of room use.
The practice needs to determine what the inventory levels will be in each room and how often they will be stocked and by whom. It is important to track the actual completion of stocking of the rooms to ensure this is being accomplished. This Standard Room Stocking Checklist is an example that can be useful in creating a checklist tailored to the needs of your practice.