Sterile Processing Departments (SPD) within hospitals are using lean methods to improve process efficiency. In this project, the team utilized the Lean A3 problem solving methodology to examine the root causes of missing instruments at The Academic Medical Center. The team developed several countermeasures through 5S sub-projects, focused on inventory management, facility layout and process flow. The team recommended updating the inventory management system, posting visual work standards and reducing kit variety.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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