Looking for Muda in Hospitals
This article from the IHI talks about the need to find “muda” (waste) in hospitals. They say:
“In the health care arena, not a patient among us â€” or nurse, receptionist, surgeon, physical therapist, attendant or executive â€” is immune from muda. It is so pervasive and deeply rooted in the machinery of care delivery that we expect it, become skilled at accommodating it, dutifully suffering the consequences.”
Yes. We have to help people in hospitals identify waste and to fix the root causes of the problems they fight every day. Too many people unfortunately define working around the system as “their job” instead of something that gets in the way of providing care to patients (or providing services that support those caregivers). People are fighting the same fires everyday — Lean helps them identify how to prevent the fire from coming back the next day.
What do you think? Scroll down to comment or share your thoughts and the post on social media. Don't want to miss a post or podcast? Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.
- Damon Baker on Lean, Private Equity, and the Ownership Works Initiative - September 28, 2022
- Reading About Lean at GE in Italy Makes Me Hungry for Pizza, While Savoring Employee Empowerment - September 27, 2022
- Can You SEE Culture in a Workplace? What Do These Artifacts Say to You? - September 27, 2022