Review Article| Volume 25, P1-16, 2007

Health Care Resource Management: An Introduction and the Role of the Anesthesiologist

      This article covers what an anesthesiologist should know and understand if he or she is to engage in matters with anesthetic and/or operating room equipment. It serves as a primer for someone new to the field of resource management. The discussion contains a glossary of terms (Appendix 1) used in resource management and begins with a description of the flow of resources from the manufacturer to the patient. The article discusses inventory management, sourcing and contracts for the procurement of equipment, and a description of value analysis and best practices. It also discusses the use of equipment committees within a department.
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