Podcast #278 – Tom Bouthillet, Lean in Fire Fighting (the Real Kind) and EMS

In the Lean community (and in businesses and hospitals, as well), people often talk about “fire fighting” in a colloquial way. Today, my guest for episode #278 of the podcast is an actual professional fire fighter, Tom Bouthillet (@tbouthillet on Twitter). He serves as Fire Captain / Paramedic for the Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue where he is the Cardiac Care Program Manager (STEMI and CARES Site Coordinator).

In this episode, we discuss the role of Lean and process improvement in fire departments and EMS, why blame is “completely ineffective” as a strategy, why “unsafe supervision” is a problem (and what that means), and why it’s necessary to build in quality instead of just inspecting for quality.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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