20 March | 2014 | www.SurgicalProductsMag.com
color-coding system with its equipment labeling
scheme. Container sets are placed in specific locations, using a supermarket aisle type labeling
system, so it easy to pick a case for the particular
specialty, including all required soft goods.
Meggs had seen this type of system work
very well in the other hospitals he has managed.
Based on his experience, he knows picking
cases will get much easier, faster, and more efficient, once the staff becomes accustomed to the
ease of selecting by aisle and bin location. The
long term goal is to move towards an instrument
tracking system, in which technicians will be
able to scan and track an instrument set from
start to finish. This will provide the hospital
with the ability to quantify efficiency improvements and validate where the set is at all stages
of the use cycle.
Meggs also liked that Lista provided a complete turnkey solution, which he says is important in a hospital setting. He explains that Lista
was involved with the shipping and brought in
people to assemble the products. There was
no break in service, as the team came in and
assembled the products during the quieter weekend hours. In his view,
it is important to know the hospital can delegate a headache for which it
does not want to be responsible.
The solution is being implemented in phases. The first phase completed was general storage for the entire central supply area. Phase two
was the surgical equipment wrapping cabinetry, including a counter
system for storing instruments, counter high cabinets with drawers and
stainless steel counters, overhead storage with retractable doors, and
a Lista storage wall that provides sterile storage for all sterilized cases.
Phase three is the prep and pack work stations.
Meggs figures that the new Lista high density storage system holds
about 40 percent more inventory than the same amount of space
fitted with wire shelving. The shelving system is also adjustable, so
the hospital can mix and match the depths of shelves to respond to
“While working with Lista, I was able to refine the design, changing
and making additions, including increasing the number of drawers
after the first phase,” said Meggs. “It is a work in progress, and never
stagnant. I will continue to make changes as we get feedback, and the
beauty of working with this type of system is that I can call up Lista and
tell them I need this extra shelf, or want to remove something and add
something else. They work with you, which is extremely important in a
medical setting, where the process is slow, with a great deal of bouncing
back and forth. Lista is not just doing things without giving me input –
they are open to me showing them what I’d like to do and then giving
me options for making it happen.”
The next phase, currently in the early discussion stage, is storage
needed to support the two additional ORs. Planning is focusing on how
many more trays would be needed to maintain efficiency and ensure
that the OR can function 24/7 with no downtime or delays. In addition, Meggs reports that the hospital is evaluating improving storage
by adding work tables and shelving at the hospital’s ambulatory central
While Meggs had to educate hospital management on why it makes
long term sense to spend more for the Lista products, everyone is now
onboard. They can see the benefits of the high density storage and
work stations both in terms of substantial increases in productivity and
accommodating future growth. And the fact that they’re painted the
beautiful “Morristown blue” just adds to their appeal.
The facility’s new high density
storage system holds about 40 percent
more inventory than the same
amount of space
fitted with wire shelving.