To cut costs and waste, CHCC needed to control supply utilization on two fronts: within the operating room (OR) and on the medical/surgical floors of the hospitals.
Although Weber has not committed to the purchase of Pyxis SupplyStations at this time, he said that CHCC plans to purchase or lease SupplyStations or similar products from other manufacturers in the near future.
CHCC previously used pre-packaged custom procedural trays (CPTs) for surgical procedures.
In an effort to more closely track supply costs in the OR, CHCC partnered with DeRoyal Industries, Powell, Tenn.
In early 1996, CHCC switched from the TraceCart to DeRoyal's new TracePak, which allows CHCC to partner with DeRoyal and a distributor to obtain the lowest price on clinically equivalent products.
Unused supplies are sent back to DeRoyal and CHCC's account is credited for the returned goods.
When using the TraceCart, CHCC's supply cost per total hip replacement was $503.91, which dropped to $406.03 when CHCC switched to the TracePak system, resulting in a total supply cost savings of 19.35 percent.
An intricate turn of events led Community Hospitals of Central California (CHCC) down the stockless tunnel and then back to JIT.