Some Recent Interviews on Lean Healthcare & Kaizen

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Mark GrabanI 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.

Cutting Waste is More Important Than Ever: An Interview with Lean Healthcare Expert Mark Graban

Mary Pat  Whaley asked me 10 questions about Lean Healthcare and published it on her blog and on LinkedIn, where there were many comments and follow up questions.

Why Does Low Hand Hygiene Compliance Still Plague Healthcare? 4 Reasons

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.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. 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 book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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