Supply Chain Tip of the Week: 3 storage planning tips for your new ASC

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It’s important to build a storage strategy when developing a new Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). You will need a flexible, yet foundational plan to get your ASC up and running while remaining adaptable for future challenges.

Keep these three tips in mind:

  1. Let go of perfection
    A perfect storage system doesn’t exist. Your goal should be to develop a strategy with agility and one that leverages your external partners’ expertise. As your ASC changes and matures, your storage strategy should be able to adapt.

  2. Have more and deeper conversations
    Involve your staff in storage decisions. Ask surgeons, clinical support staff, and non-clinical employees for their input on types of storage, management systems, and what process will work best for them. Making these decisions will directly impact workflow and productivity, so it is important to prioritize having these in-depth conversations.

  3. Stay flexible
    As new construction occurs and additional Operating Rooms (OR) pop up and the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) expands, the footprint of your storage room may shrink. With a future shaped by pandemic preparedness and the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list gradually being phased out over the coming years, you should expect your supply needs to shift over time as you consider new services.

Get more storage planning tips and learn how Cardinal Health can provide valuable insights and guidance on ASC development here.

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