At the Charleston Area Medical Centre (West Virginia) a Six-Sigma project focused on Supply Chain Management. Analysis found that more than $1.7 million, of surgical equipment had remained in storage for more than 12 months and 50% of this was one item. The analysis revealed that old items were not being removed when new products replaced them. Six-Sigma techniques were employed to achieve a more rapid turnover of inventory and team members were tasked with negotiating with vendors. The centre i...

BPIR Categories

6.4.1 Improve process/service performance
14.3.2 Implement an improvement approach/method/technique
5.5.2 Manage inventories
5.2.4 Purchase materials & supplies

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