Medical Supply Systems: Alternatives for Brooke Army Medical Center
Final rept. 1992-1993
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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Brooke Army Medical Center BAMC is composed of two separate hospitals Main Hospital and Beach Pavilion. Over the last few years, two different forms of medical supply distribution systems have evolved in the two institutions. Beach Pavilion is primarily serviced by a cart supply system whereas Main hospital uses a General Supply System GSS of supply on the wards which involves the ordering and storage of supplies in rooms on the ward. With a new BAMC under construction expected completion date of 1996, a decision must be made regarding the type of supply distribution system to be used in the new facility. The purpose of this paper is to study the two different methods of supply delivery being used in BAMC wards and after quantitative analysis, recommend a supply delivery system for use in the new BAMC. The data for this study included ward location, the number of beds on the ward, the average number of patients on the ward, the number of nursing care hours expended, the number of assigned personnel and select medical supply data. After data collection from the 20 wards under study, normal parametric statistical analysis was used to analyze two hypotheses. It was determined that the type of distribution system used on the ward has no effect on the total money spent on supplies r .03, p. 05. However, when studying the amount of time expended for supplies on wards, it was determined that there was a statistically significant relationship between the type of distribution system in use and the total time spent maintaining supplies r -.37, p.05. Recommendations were made to implement the Cart system of resupply in the New BAMC and to convert selected wards over to the cart system in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Nursing. Supply, Cart, PAR.
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