Case Study

Lean Six Sigma makes wheels roll smoothly for a hospital OR.

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See how Thibodaux Regional Medical Center improved OR turnover time in order to meet a 24% increase in surgical demand following Hurricane Katrina. Using Lean process improvement and modeling tools, the in-house team undertook a number of improvements including more efficient block scheduling and grouping of surgery types to facilitate back-to-back procedures. This enabled them to reduce "wheels out, wheels in" time by one-third and "close-to-cut" time by nearly half - in only 5 months.



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