Keeping count of consumables
Q: How should we control our consumables, such as bandage and suture materials and other hospital supplies that we use but seldom charge for?
"Once a week the inventory manager gathers the flags, which indicate what you need to order," Opperman says. When you receive items from the vendor, write the date, amount purchased, and amount paid on the back of the flag. Then reattach the flag to the new product at the re-order point. "This approach helps you to control your inventory and tells you the shelf life of the product and whether there's been a price increase," he says.