Distribution | Supply Chain Management | UC Davis Health

Distribution Department

The following gives supply chain customers information on the functions and scope of activities performed by the department in providing patient care related supplies within the hospital and hospital-based clinic environments.


The following information is a guide for hospital and hospital-based clinic staff members who need to obtain centrally managed patient care supply support. The department can assist your needs in the delivery of medical/surgical supplies, patient care equipment, on-demand bottled oxygen, bulk supplies of liquid nitrogen and oxygen, and patient care linen and surgical scrub uniforms.

General information

Distribution never closes. It is available to meet your support needs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Medical/surgical supplies are provided to in-patient and some hospital-based outpatient clinics from an in-house supply room containing more than 1,600 line items, the daily rotation and replenishment of exchange carts, and the week day replenishment of static and par carts. Patient care equipment items include, but are not limited to beds, wound-vacs, sequential compression devices, hyper/hypothermia machines and isolation carts. Other support services include the delivery of on-demand bottled oxygen, the monitoring and replenishment of bulk supplies of liquid nitrogen and oxygen, and the delivery of patient care linen and surgical scrub uniforms to authorized departments.

Obtaining directly ordered supply support
  • Contact

    Customer Service Window: 916-703-4040

  • Medical/Surgical Supply Items

    In-house supply items are ordered using the supply chain Enterprise Resource Planning system. Users with a system username and password may use the system’s order entry module to transmit their needs directly to the Distribution Department. Additional information about the system may be found on the Enterprise Resource Planning systems page.

  • Oxygen cylinders

    Delivery of full or pick-up of empty “E” cylinders may be arranged by calling the Distribution Service Window at 916-703-4040 or 916-703-4041.

    Cylinders will be delivered or picked up within the following daily schedule:

    • Call placement: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
      Delivery/pick-up: 1 p.m.–6 p.m. 
    • Call placement: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
      Delivery/pick-up: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Patient care equipment

    Patient care equipment items are ordered by completing and faxing a Distribution Equipment Request (737) form to: 916-703-4055.

  • Return of patient beds (when not in use)

    • If clean: Tag and call Distribution for pick up.
      916-703-4040 or 916-703-4041
    • If clean/broken: Tag and contact Clinical Engineering for repair.
    • If soiled: Tag and contact Environmental Services for cleaning.

    NOTE: Tags are available from the Patient Care Services Unit Manager Office.