Study: Lean Approach Cuts Number of Needed Surgical Instruments 70%
A Lean 5S approach reduced the number of instruments for minimally invasive spine surgery by 70 percent, according to a study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.
The Lean 5S approach included the following steps, according to the study:
1. Sort. Determine instrument usage and waste.
2. Simplify. Remove unnecessary instruments.
3. Sweep. Confirm availability of needed instruments.
4. Standardize. Ensure identical trays for a particular procedure.
5. Self-discipline. Monitor success.
The researchers reduced the number of instruments needed for minimally invasive spine surgery by 70 percent, and the setup time by 37 percent. They also estimated potential institutional annual cost savings of $2.8 million by reducing waste in complex surgical procedures.
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