Archive September 2009 X, No. 9

How We Switched to Case Carts

Stocking a cart the night before with everything needed for a case saves time and money.

Lauren Donovan, MHA

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Switching to case carts took several months of planning and required a total makeover of our sterile storage area. So far, we've bought 32 case carts for our 8 operating rooms and 1 procedure room. The project cost about $300,000, but in the long run stocking carts the night before with everything needed for a case will save us time (once the cart is stocked, it only needs to be wheeled into the OR just before the case) and money (supplies take up less storage space and less of our time to pick). As you'll learn, it's been a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it. It's a better way to store supplies and stock your ORs.

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