A Kaizen from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and their PICU. Here is an example that is good for patients and staff (less delay) and is good for the organization (better charge capture).

Before there were multiple methods of informing Central Supply of the need for cart refills.  Nursing could call down to Central Supply, fax a tick sheet or transport the cart to the bar code reorder workstation. The nurses were unsure of the “correct” method of ordering.  This caused confusions for both Central Supply staff and the PICU nurses.  Now the Central Supply and PICU nurses worked together to create one method that works for both departments. Patient charges are now captured on a charge sheet and entered into the reorder workstation without moving the cart.

CVL / Airway Cart Restocking for Patient Charge Items

Shared by the L&D department at the University of North Carolina Health Care. This kaizen improvement was managed through the KaiNexus software system and was then documented in the Quick and Easy Kaizen format. This was a small improvement reduces cost for the hospital and the patients. Click the image for a larger view.

Reduce Waste in C-section Packs

Shared by the L&D department at the University of North Carolina Health Care. This kaizen improvement was managed through the KaiNexus software system and was then documented in the Quick and Easy Kaizen format. This was a small improvement that benefitted visitors to the unit. Click the image for a larger view.

Signs for sink areas in Labor and Delivery

A nurse voiced her concerns about the time it takes to access Ativan, a medicine used for seizures. PICU and Pharmacy worked together to get to the root cause of the problem and created a process to cut down the time and the number of steps in the process from eight steps to just four steps. This change has been implemented across the hospital to help all staff and patients.

Ativan Storage

Ativan Storage

From Tom Byrne, MD:

Here is an idea card for improving pt intake into practices.  They have started sending out the forms for pts ahead of time and are tracking how many bring them in filled out, how many not filled out and how many never received them.  It is still in progress.  More to report after the first study cycle.

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Back of the card:

Idea Card Example: No Time for Patients to Fill Out History

This is a kaizen from an ultrasound tech at Franciscan St. Francis (co-author Joe’s organization).

Bubbles for Babies

Bubbles for Babies