I was fortunate to have three interviews published in the past week, where I was talking about Lean Healthcare and Kaizen, so I thought I’d share them here.
I was included in this Becker’s Hospital Review piece by Sabrina Rodak on hand hygiene. I talked about the need to reduce waste and free up time for staff to follow proper procedures – looking at the process rather than blaming people. From their intro to the story:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first released formal written guidelines on handwashing in hospitals in 1975. The idea that washing one’s hands reduces the risk of infection has been around long before that, however. In 1822, a French pharmacist discovered liquid chloride solutions could be used as disinfectants and antiseptics, according to CDC.
Why then, is hand hygiene still a problem? According to a 2002 CDC report, healthcare worker compliance to hand hygiene standards averages at 40 percent.
Lean forward: Mark Graban on how kaizen can improve quality of care and patient safety, and build strong organizations
Kat McDavitt from Dodge Communications interviewed me for their blog where we talked about a wide range of topics including Lean, Kaizen, Lean Design, and technologies like KaiNexus.
About 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 Chief Improvement Officer for the technology company KaiNexus.