Short post for today – but an important one. Here’s a great video from CNN last week about preventing patient infections with Lean (or as they called it “inspiration from Toyota”). This features Dr. Richard Shannon and the work that he’s now doing at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
It’s great work — we need more work like this if we’re going to improve quality AND reduce costs in healthcare. The problem of preventable medical errors and preventable infections does NOT get enough attention here in the U.S. This a huge problem, but it IS fixable… if the attention is devoted to it.
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