Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of July 27, 2015.
Surgical site infections are a top healthcare issue that raise costs, create additional treatment, and sometimes additional surgery. Medline is working in partnership with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and Cleveland Clinic to uncover the underlying issues and come up with real solutions. A recent, collaborative study shows that improving care for colorectal surgical patients and using Lean Six Sigma for change management methods can help to understand why infections occur at their facilities and how to prevent them.
Boston Scientific is one of the largest recognized global companies dedicated to the design, manufacturing, and distribution of less invasive medical devices. In the fourth quarter of 2012, an improvement opportunity was strategically planned to for the following year. The project included the “implementation of an automated band sealer in replacement of the old manual sealers, and the application of process simulation software to estimate future production outputs.” Additionally, Boston Scientific rebalanced the line to obtain a one-piece flow by applying lean manufacturing tools.