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ICAN/ATEX: How can I estimate the usage of paper products in a healthcare facility?

October 15, 2013
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I need to estimate the usage of paper products and hand soap that will be required per month in a medical office that sees approximately 250 patients per day, and has 18 full time workers/providers on staff.

Tuesday’s Answer:

Last year, someone asked about using $3 per person per month and this was my comment which may assist you as well.

$3 per person per month ($39) may be sufficient, but it all depends on the usage, over which you have little control. Sometimes product such as toilet tissue is stored where it can be taken home by thrifty building occupants.

Why not explore providing the building with these products at a slight markup above your cost? When they are about to run out of hand towels, bring in a new box and invoice for the supplies at month's end apart from the janitorial contract.

This way, theft, increased usage, waste and such is covered by the client, giving them more incentive to monitor the usage and placing you on a more secure footing as a product provider.

You should be able to arrange something with a local paper supplier to make this ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICANATEX editor

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