A stroke team at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint-Louis used auto industry “lean” manufacturing principles to accelerate treatment times, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.
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When faced with financial pressures, hospital leaders often try to reduce costs by laying off hospital employees. This is, in a way, understandable, since payroll makes up 60 to 70 percent of a typical hospital’s overall costs.
An increasing number of hospitals, however, are questioning the long-term impact of layoffs on morale, cost and quality. As a result, many are turning to “Lean management” practices, based on the Toyota Production System, as an alternative. The Lean methodology reduces costs, with lower costs being the end result of higher staff engagement and better patient care. Denver Health is one such health system with a “no-layoffs philosophy,” having saved over $150 million through their Lean program. Without those savings, Denver Health would “absolutely have had to cut jobs,” said CEO Patricia Gabow, MD, in a Denver Post report.
Author encourages kaizen methods to improve healthcare (San Antonio Express) The book, published Wednesday, highlights lean management practices, which focus on methods of daily continuous improvement, or “kaizen,” for healthcare …and more »…
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More about TPS in health care in Canada, this time about SMED applied to operating room turnarounds. This is not the first time manufacturing techniques cross over to surgery: 100 years ago, through motion studies in operating rooms, industrial engineers Frank and Lillian Gilbreth developed the method by which nurses make tools immediately available to surgeons.
“Surgeons are using Toyota management techniques to cut time between surgeries and halve overtime hours…”
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Via Scoop.it – lean manufacturing
This article points out that Lean in health care shouldn’t be just about administration and patient handling but should reach into the medical and surgical acts, and presents the case of a Danish hospital doing just that. After all, the current operating room procedures are based on the work of industrial engineer Frank Gilbreth in the 1910s. Maybe it is time to revisit them…