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Reduction in the Amount of Unused Patient Supplies at Discharge – North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit

by Riebling, Nancy B.

Abstract: As per Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services infection control standards, as well as the hospital’s infection prevention and control goals, all unused CTU patient supplies are discarded after patient discharge or transfer. An initial cost assessment of the unused and discarded supplies in the CTU at North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset yielded an average cost of approximately $66.11 per patient discharge. A Six Sigma waste reduction project was launched to reduce the defect of unused supplies discarded upon discharge.

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