Quality Management ApplicationsReusable Pulse Oximetry Sensors: A Cost-Saving Quality Improvement ProjectArciaga, Zachary BSN, RN; Ackerman, Annemaire MBA; Justice, Paula BSN, RN; Temple, Angela MSHA; Whalen, Madeleine MSN/MPH, RNAuthor Information Departments of Nursing (Mss Whalen and Justice and Mr Arciaga) and Emergency Medicine (Ms Ackerman), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland; and Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Ms Temple). Correspondence: Madeleine Whalen, MSN/MPH, RN, Department of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St, Billings Administration 220, Baltimore, MD 21224 ([email protected]). This work was supported by Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department Nursing and Administrative Leadership. Members of the Materials Management Committee including David Nowosielski and Lesley Bledsoe were key contributors in the planning and implementation of this project. The authors have no financial disclosures to make and no conflicts of interest to report. All authors contributed equally to this work. Quality Management in Health Care: January/March 2020 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 - p 35-39 doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000241 Buy Metrics Abstract Background: In the setting of tightening health care budgets and capped payments, new strategies are needed to reduce waste while still providing quality and safe care. Transitioning from disposable supplies to reusable options is a viable approach to save money. Objective: To reduce the cost of the largest expense in the Adult Emergency Department's budget by 20% by transiting from disposable to reusable pulse oximetry sensors. Methods: We implemented an interdisciplinary quality improvement project using the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle to reduce supply costs in an urban, academic emergency department with approximately 70 000 patient visits per year. Results: By switching to reusable supplies, we reduced the average cost of providing pulse oximetry readings by 56% and decreased budget estimates for supply acquisition by roughly $30 000 per month. Conclusion: This project represents a successful interdisciplinary approach to significantly reducing a large budgetary line item with concrete cost savings and highlights potential savings within reusable and disposable supply chains. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.