Using a Lean Six Sigma approach to yield sustained pressure ulcer prevention for complex critical care patients

January 27, 2016

Source:  The Journal of Nursing Administration 46/1 pp. 43-48

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  A hospital in the US used Lean Six Sigma methods to reduce the rate of unit-acquired pressure ulcers in intensive care and step-down units. An interdisciplinary team tested four interventions: standardised documentation, equipment monitoring, monitoring patient movements and a checklist for use on unit rounds. The pressure ulcer rate decreased from 4.4% to 2.8%. This improvement was maintained.

Length of publication:   6 pages

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Safe and effective service improvement: delivering the safety

May 28, 2011

Source: Amnis

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: These guidance notes look at implementing Lean as a method of improving patient safety.  This approach looks at reducing costs, time and supplies.  It can also reduce the number of near misses through events that can result in severe death or harm to a patient.

Length of publication: 27 pages