Nurses face significant supply chain management problems that impact patient safety, efficiency, and hospital margins, says a market report released today that includes results from a nursing survey.
Of 100 nurses surveyed—50 nurse leaders and 50 frontline nurses—in February, 86% said they leave procedures to hunt for supplies at least occasionally, according to the report.
Some 25% said they don’t always check product expiration or recall information, which increases risk of patient safety issues; 48% attributed this to lack of time.
Frontline nurses were more likely than nurse leaders to report frequent supply shortages, with nearly 10% more of them saying they occur often or occasionally, according to survey results.
The report also revealed a disconnect between nurse leaders and frontline nurses regarding how often nurses check product expiration and recall information prior to opening an item. While 84% of nurse leaders said their teams always check this information, only 66% of frontline nurses said they always check.
Other findings from the survey include:
Nurses encounter significant supply chain documentation problems
- 80% of nurses said they want more supply chain automation tools
- 95% said inaccurate physician preference cards decrease their efficiency
- 65% said their current supply documentation system is too time consuming
Supply chain problems take a significant toll on nurse stress and burnout
- 86% said their supply chain documentation system causes them stress
- 33% said hospital leadership is not working hard to reduce OR nurse stress
- 18% said they have considered leaving their current role due to supply chain problems
Supply chain problems result in excess waste and lower margins
- 76% of nurses said supply shortages are common, and 23% said that the greatest impact of this is reduced revenue
- 33% lack access to waste-reduction tools such as barcode scanning
- 12% said their OR wastes supplies in more than 25% of cases
“Hospitals are taking steps to improve their supply chains after seeing vulnerabilities exposed by COVID-19, but these findings show that they won’t be successful until they start factoring in the nurse experience,” Todd Plesko, CEO of Syft, said in a press release.
“Nurses are experiencing pervasive and troubling challenges related to efficiency, patient safety, waste, and mental health due to supply chains not recognizing their needs,” he said. “Creating a more nurse-centric supply chain is critical to every hospital’s success.”
Carol Davis is the Nursing Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand. This story first ran on HealthLeaders Media.