ABC supplies classification: a managment tool of costs in nursing

The implementation of costs management systems has been extremely helpful to healthcare area owing to their efficacy in cutting expenditures as well as improving service quality. The ABC classification is an applied strategy to stocktaking and control. The research, which consists of an exploratory/descriptive quantitative analysis, has been carried out in order to identify, in a year time period, the demand for supplies at Universidade de Sao Paulo's Hospital. Of 1938 classified materials, 67 itens had been classified that they correspond to the materials with bigger costs for the hospital. 31,3% of these A-Class supplies catalogued items are the nursing materials, more used for the nursing team.

Materials management, hospital; Hospital costs; Economics, nursing; Nursing records

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