Two ways to reduce procurement costs for blood collection
Reducing the cost of blood collection is an important ongoing goal for hospitals and healthcare facilities. As a result, purchasers are always open for ways of reducing costs, including when it comes to purchasing blood collection devices. While price reduction is an important consideration, the hospital and the purchaser must also ensure that the blood collection process is safe and effective, and that colleagues using the products are satisfied with them.
Therefore, when considering a procurement strategy for blood collection devices, it is important not to focus solely on the actual pricing of the devices, as this may only lead to short-term gains and neglect other aspects and needs of stakeholders. Instead, a modern value-based blood collection procurement approach is more efficient in the long-term, maximizing the overall value and outcome of the purchase for the hospital as a whole and for the patient.
Here are two aspects to consider when purchasing blood collection devices and how they can help reduce long-term costs:
Design and packaging
Blood collection devices come in a variety of sizes, designs and with various features. To reduce costs, consider devices that are designed for efficient storage, transport, and use. Proper and easy-to-read labelling can help reduce the time required to locate and identify the right materials on the shelf and during blood collection.
Choose devices that minimize the space needed for storage and disposal and look for those that come with pre-assembled components. Pre-assembled devices help save time, especially in busy environments. They also contribute to reducing the likelihood of incorrect assembly and subsequent complications such as needlestick injuries and problems during the blood collection procedure.
Make sure you understand the different features and get feedback from colleagues who will be using the products every day. They need to feel comfortable using them to ensure an efficient workflow, which in turn will contribute to overall patient satisfaction.
Is a professional on-site or online training available from the device supplier or included in the purchase price? We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Enabling product training for the blood collection staff can contribute to correct and efficient use of the blood collection devices and help cut costs by reducing the amount of time and resources spent on the process.
Follow-up costs (such as those associated with needlestick injuries) related to misuse of the devices due to improper handling can be significant. Ensure that all staff understand the correct handling, procedures and interfaces from the blood draw to the laboratory analysis and that appropriate safety protocols are followed.
Educating healthcare workers on the importance of proper blood collection, storage, transport and handling of blood samples will reduce errors also at the analysis stage and improve the cost/benefit ratio.
By keeping these aspects in mind, hospitals and healthcare facilities can reduce the overall procurement costs for blood collection in the long term and ensure that they are using a cost-effective method that contributes to modern value-based procurement and thus value-based care. In addition to helping reduce costs by improving efficiency, the above aspects can also help to ensure that blood collection is safe and effective, which in turn contributes to improve patient satisfaction.
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