I woke up on Sunday excited for my first pre-season football game as I hadn’t played for a good few months and that early season buzz was there. An away trip to Brighton was on the cards so as I drove down to the coast the pre-match nervous and excitement started to build. Fast forward an hour or two and I am getting stuck into the game with the score 0-0. Playing at right wing the ball is played to the opposition left back who sprints forward. I dive into the challenge but in a split second I feel my stud get stuck in the ground and my knee twists the other way. A shooting pain goes straight through my knee and I know I have injured something. I am on the ground in agony when one of the opposition players say “a bit of spray and you will be ok yh”? Having been lifted off the pitch and an ambulance called, thoughts of a dislocated knee, ligaments tears and sprains started going round in my head. Fast forward 1 hours 45 minutes later and the ambulance arrives. Gas and air to get me into the ambulance makes life a little easier. Fast forward 3/4 hours and the tests are back and the doctor tells me I have torn my Medial Collateral Ligament in my knee. The result 6-8 weeks out, a knee brace being put on said knee and me hobbling round on crutches.
Fast forward to Monday morning. Knee is elevated, laptop is perched on my lap and I am pressing on with work. Memories of the day before, the what & if’s start to creep in and then my thoughts turn to the Hospital Supply Chain. So in a nutshell how it is run:
Delivery to Central Storage→ Replenish→ Smart Cabinet→ Usage→ Item Consumed→ Scanning→ Point of Use Reporting→ Order→ Delivery to Central Storage (and so the cycle starts again).
This seems like a flaw-less systems and fool proof. However, any kind of delays or hiccups has a knock-on effect for all parties. Nevertheless, it was interesting to see how medications were ordered and replenished.
P.S. see above for a picture of my knee