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Lean Six Sigma News - Reduced Infections and Increased Production -

Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of January 16, 2017.

Lean Six Sigma Reduces Risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections

According to a study published online in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, application of the Lean Six Sigma methodology can reduce the risk of health care-associated infections among patients undergoing surgical procedures. Data was collected on more than 20,000 patients who underwent a wide range of surgical procedures and researchers observed a 20 percent reduction in the average number of hospitalization days between pre-intervention and control phases.

Read more at Cardiology Advisor.

Lean Leads to Sweet Results for Brazilian Sugarcane Supplier

Brasil Canasul, a Brazilian sugar-cane supplier, was tasked to introduce a third shift in order to fulfill a client’s production requirement. After a few months, they noticed several issues including poor productivity, high downtime level, increased staff turnover, and customer complaints. Introducing Lean methodology helped evaluate their process, increase efficiency, and ultimately boost their production.

Read more at Lean Enterprise Institute.