An MRP System for Surgical Linen Management at a Large Hospital

Liam O'Neill, Michael Murphy, David Gray, Terri Stoner

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Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) has been used extensively in manufacturing and other industries to improve on-time delivery and to reduce costs. In this paper, we illustrate how an MRP-type system was developed to monitor surgical linen at a large teaching hospital. We also describe a bar-code scanning 'tag and recapture' study to estimate total inventory. The hospital implemented several changes based upon our recommendations that resulted in time savings and a smoother flow of materials throughout the surgical linen supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • MRP
  • Supply chain management
  • Surgical linen


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