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When health system supply chain organizations are exploring cost management strategies, direct sourcing can offer the savings on both big-ticket supplies and low-reference items that they are seeking. Costs can creep up and product features don’t always serve your exact needs when you go with the default selection from your GPO catalog or distributor’s white-label … Continued

An outbreak of C. Auris infection reinforces the importance of single-patient-use products

A Candida Auris outbreak in England’s Oxford University Hospitals was traced to reusable skin-surface axillary temperature probes, despite efforts to sanitize them between uses. C. Auris is a multidrug-resistant fungus that has recently been linked to outbreaks across the globe, often in ICUs. An article from MedPage Today discussing the outbreak states: “C. Auris was … Continued

Comfort and Caring for Breast Cancer Patients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we’d like to acknowledge our health system partners who go the extra mile to comfort breast cancer patients during treatment. Patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis also face a challenging course of treatment, whether surgery or chemotherapy is advised. Surgery can be a difficult decision. Chemotherapy brings unique … Continued

The Questions We Hear at Every Conference

Kids are back to school, the air has turned crisp, and that means that fall meeting and event season is upon us. We’ve spied some terrific agendas coming up at both national events and regional AHRMM chapter meetings. In addition to learning and networking at events, we genuinely enjoy helping health system leaders get hands-on … Continued

Do your nurses need Helping Hands for patient positioning?

No one understands front-line patient care challenges better than clinicians themselves.   Clinicians’ unique perspective shaped the development of the Helping Hands tissue displacement strap. Both patients and the nurses who care for them are the ones who need a “helping hand” from this unique product. Nurses Are Lifting More Mass Patients’ body mass index … Continued

Are your clinicians searching for their sizes on the internet?

Our typical point of contact with a health system is in supply chain leadership. But we also respond directly to queries that come to us through our website from individual clinicians and healthcare professionals. Many clinicians find us through their own web searches as they scour the internet for access to the clinical supplies that … Continued

Unlock Clinician-Led Product Innovation

No one knows clinical care requirements better than the clinicians themselves. On the front lines around the clock, clinicians know exactly what would make patient care safer, more effective, and more comfortable. This is what makes clinician-led product innovation so valuable.  Your clinicians have great ideas about product improvements and innovations – make sure your … Continued

Record Flu Season Causes Face Mask Supply Worries

The CDC is warning that the tough 2018 flu season hasn’t peaked yet, but some health systems are already seeking new sources for flu-related medical supplies. Face masks are a critical part of responding to a flu outbreak. Symptomatic patients, their family members, and their providers are advised to use disposable pleated face masks, along with hand washing … Continued

Northside Hospital boosts patient comfort with global sourcing

“Kits for care: How global sourcing helped Northside Hospital boost patient comfort” ASP Global is proud to provide Atlanta-based Northside Hospital an amenity kit for every patient who walks through its doors, including custom, specialized kits for new mothers and kits for breast cancer patients, filled with products to make their hospital stay as comfortable … Continued

A deeper look at value and the hospital value analysis team at AHVAP 2016 Oct. 19-21 in Scottsdale, Az.

Within healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, one new team in the hospital ecosystem is playing a role capable of affecting patients, clinicians, supply chain managers and more. The Value Analysis Team (VAT, sometimes referred to as the Value Analysis Committee) is becoming increasingly responsible for ensuring hospital products and medical devices contribute to … Continued