Blame the Vendor or Hospital Purchasing??
I'm sure most of you are familiar with or have used the Akro blue bins for organizing parts, tools, or a kanban system. The bins are used all over factories and they are used quite often in hospitals (look in the background of episodes of House or Grey's Anatomy and you'll see them, though it normally doesn't look like a Lean kanban system).
A bin with dimensions 5.5″W x 10.875″L x 5″H costs $4.55 from the popular industrial supply house, Grainger. Click the photo on the right for a screenshot (and hit “Back” to return to this page).
A topic I often beat into the ground is that the market sets the price. To have a price, you need a seller and a buyer. I guess, ultimately, we have to say shame on hospital purchasing departments for not being more savvy. I've often recommended to lean manufacturing folks that they should move into healthcare and try to help fix things here. I guess I can extend that invitation to purchasing agents, purchasing managers, and purchasing directors. You don't even need “lean” experience to come in and drive big savings, I'd guess. Come into healthcare. Please.