From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: More hospitals using manufacturing methods to streamline processes

July 14, 2010

More and more hospitals are turning to "Lean" thinking to cut waste, improve efficiency, and streamline processes, reports The New York Times. Although this is a newer way of thinking for hospitals, manufacturers have been using these principles for years. Hospitals are now doing things like looking at the number of steps in a process to retrieve a medication, for example, and examining where those steps could be cut or made simpler.

The article uses Seattle Children's Hospital as an example, citing many of the new practices it has incorporated in the past two years. The hospital has utilized a program called "continuous performance improvement" to help them reduce waste, and in turn, not only improve patient care but save money.

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