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Things That Make Me Worry About My Colonoscopy: Patient Safety

by Mark Graban on April 16, 2014 · 13 comments

officer at periscope in control room of submarine 150x150 Things That Make Me Worry About My Colonoscopy: Patient Safety leanSorry to get all Katie Couric on you, but I’m going to have a colonoscopy on Friday. I turned 40 last October and I have some family history that leads my doctor to get one done now rather than at 50.

Unlike Katie, I won’t be broadcasting mine live, but I’ll share some articles and reflections on the process and, being process focused, what could go wrong. It’s a very necessary procedure, but there are, sadly, some very unnecessary and preventable risks.

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Mark Graban 2011 Smaller Things That Make Me Worry About My Colonoscopy: Patient Safety leanAbout LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.


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by Mark Graban Apr 15, 2014 7 comments

It’s often said that Lean is about “doing more with less.” Historically, and practically speaking, it’s true. But, it’s a phrase that we should be careful about, for a number of reasons. Looking back at the origins of the term “Lean” as “Lean Production” 25 years ago (read more here). Generally speaking, the term “lean” […]

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My Comments on #Lean Healthcare in These Challenging Times

by Mark Graban Apr 14, 2014 2 comments

Thanks to Dodge Communications for interviewing me for their blog: “Improving healthcare–there’s no instant pudding.” I was, of course, citing the late great Dr. W. Edwards Deming and his “There is no instant pudding” admonition. Hospitals and health systems are facing a lot of pressure right now, especially with lower reimbursements. Lean is powerful, but […]

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