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From surgical tools to obstetric instruments, personalised colostomy bags to hip implants, the UK's National Health Service requires an astonishing number of products to be manufactured, delivered and routinely managed. What happens behind the scenes to ensure the systems function smoothly? This album focuses on the different roles of B.Braun, a large supplier of medical equipment which also provides customised services for patients. In this time-critical setting, their supply chain processes must be organised with scrupulous efficiency. This material forms part of The Open University course T882 Supply chain innovation, strategy and management.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: An unusual market sector

An introduction to B.Braun, the company which provides surgical implants and medical implements for the UK's National Health Service.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 An unusual market sector    An introduction to B.Braun, the company which provides surgical implants and medical implements for the UK's National Health Service. Play now An unusual market sector
2 The steriliser's tale    How contaminated instruments are tracked and processed to re-enter the internal supply chain at Leeds General Infirmary. Play now The steriliser's tale
3 The procurer's tale    A well-organised supply chain is fundamental to getting the correct hip implant into the right hands at the right time. Play now The procurer's tale
4 The tonsillectomy tale    How in 2001 B. Braun's supply chain had to respond to a crisis which led to highly engineered metal instruments being replaced by disposable plastics. Play now The tonsillectomy tale

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