Hospitals are increasingly focusing on material management as a means of controlling costs. By centralizing storage, stocking and preparation of surgical and emergency carts for the operating room, hospitals can ensure surgeons have the right instruments and supplies at the right time and avoid the added expense of purchasing more equipment than needed, or delays due to not having the right tools to support OR procedures.
Swisslog automated material transport systems, specifically our automated guided vehicles, can be used to efficiently deliver case carts containing sterile supplies to the operating room and then return carts with soiled items to central supply for reprocessing. Automated material handling systems allow case carts to be moved during off-peak hours, which not only minimizes staff time spent on manual transport but also prevents carts from being left in hallways where they can be pilfered.
Automating the routine delivery of case carts greatly improves material management processes and ultimately leads to better patient care. Benefits include:
- Fewer delays and less surgeon frustration as the right supplies are available when and where they are needed
- Standardized delivery quality and timing
- Ability to track delivery volume and timing
- Protection against employee injuries and facility damage caused by manual transport
- Efficient use of staff time
TransCar® Automated Guided Vehicle
TransCar Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) help hospitals take control of their on-demand and routine material transport activities. By using self-guided vehicles, staff can remain focused on patient-care activities instead of delivering materials, thereby improving quality of care and reducing operational costs.