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