Cost Reduction East TN Children's Hospital ICU Kaizens - Examples of Staff-Driven Kaizen Improvements Materials

Floor Stock Procedure

From East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Before a Food and Nutrition employee would have to take a trip to the PICU just to take food inventory. Now the PICU night shift Unit Secretary takes inventory and faxes an inventory request to the kitchen. This also allows PICU staff to provide for special patient food request and preferences. Once this change rolls out hospital wide this new process will free up over one hour of the Food and Nutrition employees time and allow them to provide much needed support to other operations in Food and Nutrition. The new process is also showing more than $1 in food expense per patient per day in the hospital.