QMS 2 - RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

2.3.2-1 Forecasting and Calculating Ordering Amounts

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PURPOSE:

An effective procurement management system is one that ensures sufficient inventory is available to meet testing needs while simultaneously avoiding waste incurred from unused and expired reagents.  In this activity, participants learn how to forecast and determine reorder levels for their laboratory. The concepts are reinforced with an assigned homework activity.

KEY MESSAGES:

  • An effective procurement management system is one that ensures sufficient inventory is available to meet testing needs while simultaneously avoiding waste incurred from unused and expired reagents.
  • An orderable amount needed to sustain testing can be calculated instead of relying on guesswork by utilizing data available to laboratory staff.
  • Due to the interrelationship between the procurement and inventory management systems, errors or oversight in one will affect the other resulting in-service interruptions and decreased patient care.

SELF ASSESSMENT:

Can you:

  • Define key terms and concepts related to calculating and forecasting supplies?
  • Calculate the correct amount of supplies to order based upon a given lead time and orderable unit?

Instructor(s)

Beatrice van der Puije

Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.


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