Hospitals look to Toyota automaker for efficient operating rooms

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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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