Value of a Surgical Optimization Program Based on Lean Concepts
Stephen Weller, Owner, Coulson Place Enterprises, LLC, Grand Prairie, TX USA
Keywords: Surgery, Lean, Healthcare, Quality
"It’s highly inefficient for me to do surgeries here. We can’t ever seem to start on time.” These are examples of statements made by surgeons and can be symptoms of a need for a surgical optimization program based on Lean concepts. This presentation explores surgical optimization by addressing the following:
1) Patient Flow
2) Staff Flow
3) Instrument Flow
4) Supply Flow
5) Information Flow
Benefits of such a program include but are not limited to:
1) less chaos and workarounds for nursing and other caregivers
2) less waiting for surgeons
3) more predictability for patients and family to coordinate personal needs related to the surgery
4) and more capacity and potential throughput for the hospital with lower costs.
If you want to explore ways to improve surgical flow at your hospital, curious about what happens behind the scenes in the surgical space, or simply interested in a healthcare career, this presentation is for you.