To standardize or not to standardize? There are differing schools of thought as to which way of thinking provides the greater benefit. Those in favor of standardization point to the potential for improved efficiency and patient safety as well as reduced waste. Opponents of standardization say it limits choice and creativity, in addition to not fully considering the patient’s specific needs. This session will challenge the audience on whether and/or when standardization is the best option.
1. Analyze the critical considerations when choosing equipment.
2. Explain how to optimize existing equipment.
3. Compare how academic medical center vs non-profit vs for-profit designation can drive decision-making.
4. Describe the situational factors which may help you decide if standardization is right for your operation.
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