Cardiac units apply quality, efficiency lessons from manufacturing

04/7/2013 | American Medical News (free content)

Lean management principles devised by manufacturers are showing similar efficiency and quality improvements when applied to cardiac care, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that the leanest units performed better on metrics associated with heart attack treatment, such as performing more percutaneous coronary interventions within 90 minutes. The principles involve a focus on limiting waste, standardizing care, measuring performance and more.

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