Inventory Management Practices for Biomedical Equipment in Public Hospitals : An Evaluative Study

Authors(3) :-Poonam Chaudhary, Mahavir Singh, Raman Sharma

Inventory keeping is an important dimension for the efficient and effective management of medical equipment in the hospital. A lot of capital is invested for the purchase and installations of costly medical equipment in a public hospital. Ironically, documentation and inventory keeping of these assets mostly remains an ignored area. In this study, secondary data was collected on the inventory keeping practices of costly medical equipment in the public hospitals. The study area included one teaching public hospital and one general public hospital of north India. Independent sample 't' test was conducted to find the difference and Pearson's correlation coefficient was calculated to find the correlation of practices of two hospitals. The study found that there was a statistical significant difference in the average mean scores . However, a high degree of correlation existed between two hospitals. The study also found that two elements of inventory keeping practices kept under study were totally lacking in both the hospitals. These were absence of any standardized format and absence of a centralized record system covering all aspects for biomedical equipment.

Authors and Affiliations

Poonam Chaudhary
Department of Hospital Administration, Amity University Haryana, India
Mahavir Singh
Amity Medical School, Amity University Haryana, India
Raman Sharma
Department of Hospital Administration, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Inventory-keeping, best practices, biomedical/ medical equipment, medical equipment management system.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 1 | January-February 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-02-28
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 261-267
Manuscript Number : IJSRST173156
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

Cite This Article :

Poonam Chaudhary, Mahavir Singh, Raman Sharma, " Inventory Management Practices for Biomedical Equipment in Public Hospitals : An Evaluative Study", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.261-267 , January-February-2017.
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