Inconsistient consumption rates
By the end of this year, 90% of both sterile and non-sterile consumables will be managed by the automatic replenishment system. “As a result of the time this will save us, we will be able to focus more time on managing everything else such as controlling the stock rotation of items with short shelf lives, phasing out end of life items and even ensuring that the storage spaces themselves are well maintained,” says Pieter Swinnen.
In total there are around 35,000 storage spaces across the hospital. “A storage box can vary in size and could even include anything down to a small container. For each item we need to determine a minimum and maximum reorder point. The fact that not all articles behave the same way at every storage location, makes this process very complicated.
For example, while an article may be fast moving in one location, in a different department of the hospital, the item may rotate far more slowly. Furthermore, the consumption rate of an article is not consistent and can fluctuate hugely. For example, the consumption rate of an article can be influenced by seasonality but also by the individual preferences of the doctors. Furthermore, the product lifecycles can also be influenced by the number of new product introductions which come about as a result of the contracts UZ Gent agrees with its suppliers.