Editor's Note: This article was updated on March 13, 2019.
Forty percent of all clinicians and other stakeholders say their hospital has cancelled a surgical case due to missing supplies, and more critically, 27 percent knew of a patient being harmed due to supply chain problems.1
That's according to Cardinal Health's recent hospital supply chain survey, which gives a comprehensive view into the operating room (OR) supply chain, and shows that for many health systems, new supply chain management systems and analytics are desperately needed.
“We knew there were unique challenges in the OR as it relates to the supply chain," said Lisa Zierten, director of distribution channel marketing at Cardinal Health. “But those responses were very surprising and speak to the impact the supply chain has across hospital operations and patient care."
The third annual survey, conducted for Cardinal Health by SERMO, examines OR supply chain perceptions from hospital and supply chain administrators, service line leaders, physicians, and nurses. The study included a total of 305 respondents from organizations of varying size, specialty and practice areas.
Here are three key findings for health system leaders.