Hospitals deal every day with massive amounts of tools, equipment and supplies, which have to be properly inventoried, allocated, cleaned, maintained, serviced, used, returned and discarded. This is a major challenge, especially if there are vendors involved that perform part of the services beyond supplying simple consumables.
Surgery departments use vendors to supply surgical kits that include tools and parts for surgeries (for instance in orthopedics, the kits include implants, special screws, mallets, prongs, forceps, etc.). These surgical kits are received, autoclaved, opened, certain parts used and the kits are then returned back to the vendor. Vendor has to autoclave and inventory the returned kits, audit what’s missing, resupply them, and store them or send them again to the hospital.