Features  |   January 2015
Lean Process Improvement: How to Do the Impossible!
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Features   |   January 2015
Lean Process Improvement: How to Do the Impossible!
ASA Monitor 01 2015, Vol.79, 14-17.
ASA Monitor 01 2015, Vol.79, 14-17.
The first question some physician anesthesiologists might ask is if lean process improvement (LPI) is some new diet fad. Just as a good diet seeks to shed pounds by eliminating unneeded or wasteful calories combined with an active workout program that tones the muscles, LPI is a problem-solving methodology and culture that, when adopted in health care, drives system-wide improvement in patient-centered care, quality, safety, efficiency and staff satisfaction. Before we get into the specifics, it is reasonable to ask what factors are driving health care organizations to adopt LPI and why physician anesthesiologists would want to add this new skill set.
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