Nurses and staff were searching for equipment, walking all over the hospital wasting time, and causing confusion because nobody knew where all of the infusion pumps and beds were located. This should be different thought Martijn de Vries, coordinator of Clinical Engineering for the hospital. Traditionally, nursing departments were managing their own devices. If they ran short on a piece of equipment they had to make numerous phone calls to track down equipment which then had to be brought to them.
Hospitals spend hundreds of millions each year on purchasing medical devices. The Gupta consultancy comes to that conclusion after analyzing the sector. The researchers note that hospital administrators and buyers make insufficient efforts to pay the best price for implants, syringes, surgical instruments and other medical devices. They allow themselves to be seduced too much by sales pitch and the (complex) offers of the suppliers. It is high time for hospitals to take a critical look at their procurement process, concludes Kees Isendoorn of Gupta.