The pressure on hospitals to reduce operating costs is rising. In order to cut costs, hospitals are being forced to look at ways to install more efficient systems to manage their healthcare facilities. One of the areas that can make a significant improvement to a hospital's efficiency and operating costs is the supply chain. Horizontal Carousels storage systems will lean out wasted time and money in your current processes by increasing picking accuracy, improving productivity and saving space. Horizontal Carousels help hospitals improve their overall operating efficiencies in supply chain distribution. Click here to learn more about the 5 key benefits of horizontal carousels.
Horizontal Carousels are usually installed in two or more units (pod) to provide maximum throughput. The Horizontal Carousels work together in a pod to create high speed hospital logistics picking, tracking, and distribution. Supply storage bins are mounted on an oval track that rotates horizontally to deliver medical supplies to a picking operator. Using the Horizontal Carousel pod design allows an operator to pick medical supplies from one active carousel while the other carousel is positioning for the next pick. When Horizontal Carousels are combined with pick-to-light technology, the operator is directed to the exact location of each pick, which will improve accuracy rates up to 99.9%.
The Horizontal Carousel's software can be organized for batch picking of medical supplies to further enhance picking times and productivity. This can be achieved when two or more horizontal carousels are used in an integrated workstation with software and pick-to-light technology. Batch picking allows an operator to pick multiple orders at one time, increasing productivity up to 2/3.
A children’s hospital installed three Horizontal Carousels with pick-to-light technology and FastPic batch order processing software for its supply chain distribution. Since the integration of the Horizontal Carousels, the materials management stockroom fills orders within 2 hours of receipt, picking and delivering over 141,000 items a day.
An important feature of the Horizontal Carousel system is it occupies approximately 42% less floor space than the previous storage system and is operated with just one order picker. Before the carousels were installed, the hospital required 8 order pickers and orders took 10 times longer to fill. With the exception of scheduled parts and maintenance on the carousels, the hospital has had 100% uptime. (watch video to learn more about the Horizontal Carousels at the children’s hospital)
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design, installation, maintenance, and relocation services for Horizontal Carousels on Vizient contract. Contact us today by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with a representative about using Horizontal Carousels to reduce supply chain costs in your hospital.
Having sterile supplies readily accessible during surgery can mean the difference between a healthy patient and a compromised recovery. Movable Shelving provides double the storage capacity of typical stationary storage systems and offers a host of features that permit rapid retrievals without jeopardizing cleanliness. We provide Movable Shelving for storing operating room surgical supplies to hospitals and other medical facilities. (view images of Movable Shelving)
Here are just some of the features and benefits of Movable Shelving for storing operating room surgical supplies:
We recently completed a project for a hospital’s operating room that performed a large number of surgical procedures. The number of surgical procedures and the lack of storage space was causing the hospital to buy supplies on a more frequent basis; therefore, causing the hospital to pay a higher price for surgical supplies.
The hospital wanted to implement a new storage system that would increase the amount of surgical supplies stored in the area to meet the hospital operating room’s growing needs. Also they wanted to be able to buy supplies in bulk to cut costs. The solution to their problems was Movable Shelving.
Here are just some of the benefits the hospital experienced with their Movable Shelving:
Since 1969, Southwest Solutions Group’s team of healthcare storage professionals have been designing and installing Movable Shelving for storing operating room surgical supplies. Our storage specialists have the knowledge and experience to analyze your storage needs and provide you with flexible, efficient solutions that will meet all your storage requirements. For more information, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with your local representative.
Efficient storage of medical supplies and records plays an important role in the day-to-day operation of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. High Capacity Shelving condenses the storage footprint of medical products and supplies so patients can be served more quickly. High Capacity Shelving converts traditional stationary storage aisles into one or more movable aisles based on your activity level. By eliminating unnecessary aisles in your storage area, you can typically condense the storage area by half. The recouped floor space can then be used for additional storage or other uses. We provide High Capacity Shelving to all types of hospitals and healthcare facilities for storing supplies and records in less floor space. (view images of High Capacity Shelving)
High Capacity Shelving can be used in any department of your hospital or healthcare facility including,
Along with maximizing your storage capacity in less floor space, High Capacity Shelving is adjustable and flexible to change as your needs change. You can store anything from a small vile to a wheelchair in the same High Capacity Shelving system because the shelves can be customized to meet your particular needs. The High Capacity Shelving can be designed using wire shelves, medical cabinets, and even for pallet racks in the Central Warehouse. High Capacity Shelving has numerous safety and security features available that will protect both stored items and people operating the shelving.
At Southwest Solutions Group®, we understand the storage needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities. We have the knowledge and experience to determine your requirements and design a High Capacity Shelving that will save you space and meet your storage needs. For more information, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with your local representative.
Hospitals are constantly renovating to provide the best and most efficient care for their patients. Most hospital renovations include ripping out built-in millwork cabinets and throwing them away in our landfills. Now, there is a more efficient solution to built-in millwork cabinets called modular casework cabinets. Modular Healthcare Casework and Movable Medical Cabinets are furniture solutions designed from the start with change in mind. Modular Healthcare Casework Cabinets can be demounted and reinstalled with ease when you remodel, move, or expand your facility. We recognize that each different department within your healthcare facility will have different furniture needs, so we provide all types of Modular Healthcare Casework and Movable Medical Cabinets.
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Stainless Steel is a great material solution for sterile cores, operating rooms, and morgues in your healthcare facility because it prevents the spread of bacteria and germs. Stainless steel surfaces can handle frequent sanitizing, heat, and harsh chemicals and work surfaces won’t be damaged. Also, stainless steel won’t rust or absorb moisture. The durable base and washable drawers help control the spread of infectious germs and bacteria. Factory manufactured wall mount overhead cabinets install easily above the work counters to provide additional storage and allow for easy access to critical technology. Optional glass doors allow visual assurance that vital supplies are at the ready. (Stainless Steel Modular Healthcare Casework Images)
Laboratories and technical work areas benefit from powder coated metal casework and cabinets because it is a durable finish that will withstand daily use. Metal movable medical cabinets have numerous standard accessories available to make the best use of your casework cabinets. Lockable drawers and doors with individually keyed locks will provide secure storage of expensive equipment like microscopes. Metal medical casework has conveniently located data ports and electrical and gas outlets. Sturdy bases with 2 mm impact resistant edge banding and steel kick plates resist wear and tear, and minimize moisture wicking into the cabinetry, helping to eliminate mold. Drawers close quietly and completely thanks to the quiet/soft close feature. Solid surface tops and angled or closed soffit tops are easily cleaned to help break the chain of infection (Metal Modular Healthcare Casework Pictures)
Laminate Modular Healthcare Casework and Movable Medical Cabinets are available in a variety of standard finishes with numerous hardware choices. You can easily match your décor or create new and interesting architectural features for pharmacies, nurse stations, information centers, and break rooms. Wall mounted laminate overhead cabinets fasten to the wall with rail-mounts to provide precise height and depth adjustment. Unlike built-in furniture, the modular casework and movable cabinets can be installed in phases and later re-imagined and re-configured as your layout needs change. This reduces the impact of modification and expansion on the budget and the environment. (Laminate Modular Healthcare Casework Images)
We can help you design and install Modular Healthcare Casework and Movable Medical Cabinets in your facility. Contact us by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with your local representative.
Our Hospital Carts, Case Carts, and Surgical Carts are a great solution for transporting medical supplies and products to different areas throughout your medical facility. All of our hospital carts come in numerous layouts to give you one, two, or three columns of storage. In addition, there are several accessories available for you to custom design the interiors for each specific task. Stainless steel materials can be used in surgical centers or any area that needs frequent sanitizing to provide an easy to clean cart storage solution. For security, Hospital Carts, Case Carts, and Surgical Carts can easily be fitted with locking rolling doors. (view images of our numerous styles of carts)
Here are just some of the features and benefits of Hospital Carts, Case Carts, and Surgical Carts:
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Assisting healthcare professionals with designing and planning innovative solutions is an important part of our business. Our experienced team of healthcare storage professionals is ready to share the latest methods and technologies to solve your facility’s space and productivity challenges. Let us help you with the right Hospital Carts, Case Carts, and Surgical Carts for your medical facility. Send us a message or give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 to speak with a representative today.
The Two Bin Kanban Storage System is a superior way to manage inventory in hospital medical supply rooms. The Two Bin Kanban Storage System uses less time to manage and eliminates inventory waste and errors to improve patient flow and efficiency of hospital staff. If you are a Supply Chain Manager, Nurse, or Materials Manager currently using the PAR system then keep reading to see how you can make your job easier while saving your hospital money. (view images of the Two Bin Kanban Storage System)
The first step in setting up a Two Bin Kanban Storage System is subdividing your bins front to back, side to side, or you can use two separate bins. Each portion of the bin contains an equal supply of products based on Par levels. When the supplies from the primary side of the bin are empty then the bin label (called a StockCard) is removed from the label-holder and dropped into a device called a StockBox. When the StockCard label is removed a red label affixed to the bin front will show indicating the bin is waiting to be replenished. The StockCard has a black strip for color recognition and contains a RFID chip that is specific to the bin's product. When the RFID StockCard is dropped into the StockBox a message is sent to the materials management inventory system that the medical supplies for that specific bin have reached a restocking level and need to be replenished to maintain inventory.
Now the materials management software can generate a restocking pick list with the items that need to be replenished. When the materials management personnel arrive at the supply room open the StockBox and confirm the items have been restocked by waving the StockCard over the StockBox. The StockCard is returned to the front of the bin and the supplies in the secondary portion of the bin are moved to the primary area of the bin to make certain the oldest products are used first completing the restocking process.
There are numerous benefits to using the Two Bin Kanban Storage System over a PAR system. Some of the benefits include:
Let Southwest Solutions Group® help you access the benefits of using a Two Bin Kanban Storage System for managing your medical supplies. For more information, call us today at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with a representative in your area.
Healthcare storage can be exactly how you want it with FrameWRX Hospital Supply Storage Shelving on Vizient Contract CE2900. The innovative design of the FrameWRX Shelving makes it easy to customize to suit your medical supply storage needs. The possibilities are endless, which means the FrameWRX Shelving will be just what you need now and into the future. (view images of FrameWRX Shelving)
FrameWRX Hospital Supply Storage Shelving will optimize the storage space you have and free up more space to generate revenue. Here are just some of the FrameWRX Shelving features that make this all possible:
Southwest Solutions Group® provides FrameWRX Hospital Supply Storage Shelving to all types of healthcare facilities on Vizient contract CE2900. Contact us today by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak to a representative today.
With the increased focus on preventing hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and the desire to reduce waste, surgical centers are looking for quality dependable products to help achieve these goals in their sterile core. Stainless Steel Casework and Surgical Cabinets are sustainable solutions that will help sterile processing departments maintain the best sterilization standards and reduce their environmental impact. We provide both Stainless Steel Casework and Surgical Cabinets to all types of healthcare facilities. Click here to learn more about stainless steel furniture for clean rooms.
There are many reasons to use Stainless Steel Casework and Surgical Cabinets instead of built-in furniture in your sterile core. Stainless Steel Casework Cabinets are modular, which means they can be demounted and reinstalled whenever you remodel, move, or expand your facility. Also, Stainless Steel Casework Cabinets are pre-engineered, which means they are designed and manufactured to maintain consistent tolerances and dimensions with easy to acquire replacement parts and accessories.
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Because a sterile core is an area that has a high risk for infection, Stainless Steel Casework will help maintain the best hygiene standards possible. Stainless Steel is used for cabinets, shelving, work surfaces, fixtures, and benches because it is non-porous, which means that germs, viruses, and bacteria cannot get into the casework. Stainless Steel Casework won’t retain moisture so it can handle frequent sanitizing. Also, adding an Antimicrobial Agion Coating to Stainless Steel Casework will help reduce the bacteria impact. (Read more about Antimicrobial Agion Coating for Stainless Steel Casework)
Using Surgical Cabinets with glass doors and sloped tops efficiently stores supplies in the sterile core. The glass doors allow employees to easily see supplies so they can quickly retrieve them or restock them. The sloped tops make it easy to see when the cabinets need to be cleaned. In addition, nothing can be stacked on top of the cabinets that will attract dust and bacteria.
We specialize in designing and installing Stainless Steel Casework and Surgical Cabinets for sterile cores in surgical centers. For more information on stainless steel cabinets, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with your local representative.
Real-time medical supplies inventory tracking systems, StockBox, Smart Cabinet, and Asset Monitoring Software, will revolutionize inventory management for all types of healthcare facilities. These inventory tracking systems use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to trigger restocking levels automatically to alleviate out of stock and overstock concerns. (view images of real-time medical supplies inventory tracking systems)
The StockBox can be used for tracking medical supplies in OR supply rooms, pharmacies, nursing supply rooms, or any other area where efficient inventory management is necessary to reduce cost and increase product availability. The RFID StockBox works in conjunction with a Kanban two bin system where supplies are placed in a primary bin and secondary bin.
Once the medical supplies in the primary bin have been used, an RFID-enabled stock card is pulled from a holder on the front of the bin and dropped in the StockBox. This triggers and sends an electronic notification (including the item quantity and location) to the materials management team for replenishment. While the supplies are waiting to be re-stocked, the secondary bin becomes the new primary bin. The new medical supplies are then re-stocked in the secondary bin and the stock cards are returned to their respective cardholders.
The SmartCabinet is designed for catheter labs, interventional radiology labs, and operating rooms to optimize the inventory of high-value medical devices and products (ex. stents, catheters, implants). The SmartCabinet also manages consignment purchasing to keep costs down while right-sizing hospital inventory.
RFID labels are placed on the medical device's package or box. Then it is scanned and enrolled into the SmartCabinet tracking system. Once the medical device is enrolled, it is placed into the SmartCabinet. When a nurse or technician needs a medical device or product, they just open the SmartCabinet's door and remove the desired medical device. As soon as the device is removed from the shelf, the Smart Cabinet RFID tag automatically records and tracks it. This system lets material managers and hospital staff accurately manage inventory cost levels, expiration dates for medical products, and supply usage.
Asset Monitoring Software relies on RFID technology to keep track of hospital equipment, patients, supplies, and more in real-time. The Asset Monitoring Software keeps tabs on “movable” assets and triggers events based on location and status. The Asset Monitoring Software sends alerts (text messages, emails, etc) for informed, real-time decision making. Also, depending on the conditions, the software can activate alarms or close doors. The Asset Monitoring Software presents an end-to-end solution for healthcare facilities that want to ensure maximum operational efficiency while improving patient care.
Southwest Solutions Group® specializes in real-time medical supplies inventory tracking systems on Vizient Contract CE2900. Contact us today by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to see how the StockBox, Smart Cabinet, and Asset Monitoring Software will help your healthcare facility efficiently manage inventory and medical supplies.
Nurse Server Wall Cabinets slide in and out of the hospital patient room wall for replenishing medical supplies. These sliding wall cabinets limit unnecessary intrusions that aid the spread of hospital acquired infections (HAI). Using Nurse Server Wall Cabinets, allows for restocking of medical supplies and products from the corridor instead of from inside the patient room. The Nurse Server Cabinets can be used to store all types of medical supplies including sterile supplies, linens, syringes, pharmaceuticals and more. We provide Nurse Server Wall Cabinets to all types of healthcare facilities.
Because there is less direct contact with the patient, the cabinets help reduce the chance of spreading a hospital acquired infection (HAI). Studies show that on average most nurses spend 17% of their shift looking for and collecting medical supplies. The Nurse Server Wall Cabinets are designed to allow restocking of medical supplies by staff so nurses can spend more time providing care to patients and less time gathering medical supplies. (view images of Nurse Server Cabinets)
The Nurse Server Wall Cabinets use adjustable shelves and bins to maximize the interior space of the cabinet. The sliding wall cabinets range from 24" to 48" high and are available in a host of sizes (see below).
Sliding carriage dimensions, footprints and cabinet compatibility are outlined in the following table:
Southwest Solutions Group® has been providing healthcare facilities with Nurse Server Wall Cabinets for storing medical supplies since 1969. Contact us today by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with your local representative.