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Medline Canada introduces a new program to improve supply chain efficiencies

Medline's Peri-op program coordinators work directly with hospitals and surgical clinics to learn about their specific challenges and perioperative priorities.

May 5, 2022   by CM Staff

Surgical nurse selects sterile instrument in the hospital OR. (CNW Group/Medline)

MISSISSAUGA — Medline Canada has introduced a Peri-Op Performance Program™ that aims to maximize resources in the operating room (OR) while reportedly ensuring safety and improving patient outcomes.

Perioperative is a term used to refer to the total time of a surgical procedure, from the moment the patient enters the OR until the time they leave. ORs are a complex, multi-faceted environment and OR leaders face many challenges managing competing priorities.

Medline’s Peri-op program coordinators work directly with hospitals and surgical clinics to learn about their specific challenges and perioperative priorities. The program supports streamlining processes in surgical environments and tries to find efficiencies via supply or product usage and logistical initiatives.

“The pandemic primed us to become a society that actively reexamines and reimagines how we do many things in the healthcare sector,” said Roger Bourbonnais, Vice President of Acute Care, Medline Canada, Corporation. “We need to draw on that ingenuity and look beyond the usual processes and policies to develop effective solutions.”

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With the Medline Peri-Op Performance Program, ORs benefit from:
  • Scale and rigorous quality control to deliver the right supplies when they are needed
  • MEDPACKTM and rapid supply services that allow ORs to react when surgical needs shift
  • Simplified supply management and access to customized products with the Complete Delivery System (CDS)
  • Surgical pack performance evaluations to try and achieve better efficiency and cost savings through Medline comprehensive OR reviews

One of the Medline program components is the Complete Delivery System (CDS). CDS purports to provide hospitals with sterilized, organized and sequenced kits that include all items needed for various surgical procedures. This simplifies supply management and pick time, creating new ways to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and deliver financial savings.

“By assessing issues within the perioperative environment, we can help improve workflow and processes. The Complete Delivery System is one example that can give ORs time back to increase care delivery. The impact of the Peri-Op Performance Program can help with finding time to address the surgical backlog in Canada,” said Bourbonnais.