Lean Management in the OR Special Report [Download]

Lean Management in the OR Special Report [Download]

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In this special report, perioperative teams share their “lean” approach to thinking, operating, and managing. Lean management makes improvement goals easier to achieve by inspiring CEOs, clinicians, and staff alike to ask, “Does this add value?”



Lean management, a quality improvement methodology many hospitals are adopting, draws from the well-known Toyota Production System pioneered in Japan. Lean fosters a way of thinking, operating, and managing that focuses on creating value for customers, weeding out waste, and pursuing continuous improvement. More hospitals are embracing Lean as they seek to boost their performance to meet the challenges of tighter reimbursement and the constant need to improve the quality of care and the patient experience.

Lean requires a major commitment. The effort can't be isolated to a single project or a single department. Senior leaders must take the lead, become educated, and provide resources to support a Lean culture. In this special report, which compiles articles from OR Manager, perioperative teams share how they've used Lean to improve their services.

Table of Contents:

  • Time Busters: A Lean team tackles turnover
  • Restructuring circulator nurse rule aids turnover
  • Visual cues help to improve the turnover process
  • Lean: Tackling waste in the sterile supply area
  • Kanban: Secrets of a strong supply system
  • Kanban: A fresh approach to case cart assembly
  • Kanban, 'pick paths' aid OR supply management


Format: Downloadable PDF
Pages: 22

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