In the publications listed below, discover how Virginia Mason’s team of health care leaders, providers and staff used lean tools and processes to achieve significant gains in quality, safety and patient experience.
Note: Some of these reading materials may require subscriptions.
Applying Lean Methods to Improve Quality and Safety in Surgical Sterile Instrument Processing
Blackmore CC, Bishop R, Luker S, Williams B. Applying lean methods to improve quality and safety in surgical sterile instrument processing. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013; 39(3): 99-105.
Nurse Practitioner-Staffed Clinic at Virginia Mason Improves Care and Lowers Costs for Women with Benign Breast Conditions
Blackmore CC, Edwards JW, Searles C, Wechter D, Mecklenburg R, Kaplan GS. Nurse practitioner-staffed clinic at Virginia Mason improves care and lowers costs for women with benign breast conditions. Health Affairs. 2013; 32(1): 20-6.
Transforming Ward Rounds Through Rounding-in-Flow
Calderon AS, Blackmore CC, Williams BL, et al. Transforming ward rounds through rounding-inflow. J Grad Med Educ. 2014; 6(4): 750-755.
Using Lean to Improve Medication Administration Safety: In Search of the “Perfect Dose”
Ching JM, Long C, Williams BL, Blackmore CC. Using lean to improve medication administration safety: In search of the “perfect dose.” Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013; 39(5): 195-204.
Using Lean “Automation With a Human Touch” to Improve Medication Safety: a Step Closer to the “Perfect Dose”
Ching JM, Williams BL, Idemoto LM, Blackmore CC. Using lean “automation with a human touch” to improve medication safety: A step closer to the “perfect dose.” Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014; 40(8): 341-350. doi: 10.2146/ajhp140790
Application of Lean Methodology for Improved Quality and Efficiency in Operation Room Instrument Availability
Farrokhi FR, Gunther M, Williams B, Blackmore CC. Application of lean methodology for improved quality and efficiency in operating room instrument availability. J Healthc Qual 2013. DOI: 10.1111/jhq.12053
Using Lean Process Improvement to Enhance Safety and Value in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Case of Spine Surgery.
Sethi RK, Yanamadala V, Burton DC, Bess RS. Using Lean Process Improvement to Enhance Safety and Value in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Case of Spine Surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017; doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-17-00030.
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