You might be asked to order supplies for the hospital you’re working from, or maybe you’re running a private hospital and take it into your own hands to place an order each month stipulating the items that you need. Hospitals often place orders weekly for items they have run out of, and if you’re dealing with emergencies too, it can be impossible to predict how many of one item you might need or how often you might need it. Here are some things to consider to ensure you choose the right supplies.
This should already be drawn up somewhere, and will likely consist of hundreds of different items. Some larger equipment and items might only be needed in one or two of the hospital rooms, whereas other smaller items, such as an Omron blood pressure monitor, might be needed in almost every room. If you need to update the list of items, spend a couple of hours walking about the hospital in all of the rooms to check which equipment is required and what items might not be needed from now on.
You might not know every single item that is needed, since you won’t be working alongside every single person all the time. In many cases, staff members will request that certain items be ordered, or the hospital may have a system whereby all staff can log on to a website or make a note on a tracker of items which they think are needed for the hospital. If you’re responsible for the ordering of supplies and you’re unsure about any requests, ask the staff member who made the request to explain a little more to you about what it is they need and why they need it.
If you’re just starting out in the medical profession and you need to order supplies, it’s worth shopping around to find the right supplier. Perhaps quick delivery is the most important thing to you, or maybe you’re not too concerned about getting the delivery quickly as long as the price is right. The supplier should also stock all the items that you’re going to need on a regular basis, since this ensures that you can go back to the same company each time anything is needed.
Even if you need to keep costs low and your budget for the year is being stretched, it’s important to remember that you are dealing with members of the public and shouldn’t sacrifice the quality of the equipment you are using. With low quality items, it’s more likely that something could go wrong, creating lawsuits or other problems for the practice. One good way of finding out what the items are like is by reading reviews from other medical professionals who may have bought them in the past. You can also ask to visit the supplier before you place the first order just to see for yourself what the equipment is like.