Mr. Hospital CFO, You Have a Leak In Your Boat...

The operating room is a unique environment from every other department of the hospital. It is literally a gaited community, run by clinical-minded people. C-suite and business operations personnel have limited access, and best practices often arrive last in the OR. On the other hand, the O.R. is the largest profit center for the hospital, and the second biggest spend area (pharmacy is first). One would think that as such, the operating room would have a keen focus on efficient supply chain management, which is the most effective way to measure and control cost and therefore maximize profit. It doesn’t, at least for supplies and implants used in the sterile field (‘non-sterile implants”)

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