When you arrive in the emergency room, unless you’re experiencing life threatening symptoms, you know you’re going to be in for a wait. As a matter of fact, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average ER wait time is 30 minutes, and the treatment time is roughly 90 minutes, meaning that most people spend a minimum of 2 hours waiting for and receiving treatment. And that’s just the average—in some states, that time can be doubled.
In the ER, time is precious. So how can a healthcare facility reduce this wait time? One way is by eliminating the valuable minutes staff waste performing routine tasks, such as tracking down shipments of necessary medication or supplies. This extra work can have a negative impact on patient care, increasing the wait time for seriously ill people who need immediate attention.
So how can an automated receiving and delivery system help you decrease ER wait time, thus improving patient care?
It frees up staff to do more important things
An automated package tracking system can save time for busy medical professionals who are wasting precious minutes tracking down rogue meds. Imagine the uptick in patient care when you’ve got an efficient package tracking system that will allow you to log and track packages so much faster than manually logging them. A system where staff can view and track the status of an important medical device or even live tissue once they arrive at the dock through the final delivery point.
Faster logging of important medical supplies
Think of the precious time doctors or nurses might spend trying to track down misplaced medical supplies. Think of the time spent notating the tracking number, the time received, sender, and all the additional information that could be done in mere seconds by scanning a package’s preexisting bar code. Now, that precious time can be spent on patient care. Nurses can spend more time evaluating patients to determine which cases are most critical. And doctors will have more time to care for these patients, not spending time on “where’s my package” calls.
Quickly locate important medical packages with the click of a mouse
Implementing an automated receiving and delivery system in your hospital or clinic will give you the power to quickly and efficiently document the movement of every package, every step of the way. In seconds, you will be able to locate a package with a click of the mouse by logging into the package tracking system and searching for the unique tracking number; no more sorting through page after page of the manual log to try to find the metaphorical needle in the haystack. This means that medical staff will have the items required to treat patients faster, significantly saving time in the long run.
Adding an automated tracking system to your healthcare facility will allow your patients to be processed in a timely manner; no more sitting around, waiting for desperately needed medical attention while the staff tries to locate the supplies they require.
If you’re now looking for an automated inbound tracking system for your health facility and have additional questions, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us today and tell us what you need.
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