What are physician preference cards?

October 12, 2021

Physician preference cards are cards maintained by the hospital that list a physician’s preference for supplies and the procedure room environment by procedures. They detail things such as what sutures and implants the doctor prefers and often even detail the temperature of the room or the music they like to listen to during the procedure. Physician preference cards that are inaccurate or not kept up too late can lead to inefficiencies and needless activity, such as picking the wrong products for a case. 

A typical Owens & Minor SurgiTrack kit contains a custom pack and an assortment of sterile and non-sterile products. But how is the ideal SurgiTrack kit created to minimize cost and maximize efficiency for clinicians in the operating room?  Watch this video of John Raab, Director of Perioperative Program Development at Owens & Minor to learn the answer. He explains how a SurgiTrack kit is created by loading data from physician preference cards into the SurgiTrack system and updating the data to create a clean preference card. He goes on to talk about how that clean card is the guide to creating the ideal SurgiTrack kit by procedure and surgeon. The result is a kit that saves time and lowers cost per procedure.

SurgiTrack: Perioperative Supply Chain Management Made Easy

These are challenging times for OR supply chain managers. Cases loads are uncertain and demand is in flux, making forecasting volumes and how much supply to carry harder than ever. In situations like this, there is a natural tendency to take the safe approach and stock up on inventory. But that approach inevitably leaders to higher inventories, higher costs, more waste, and ultimately less efficiency. That’s where Owens & Minor’s SurgiTrack can help.