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Lean and Six Sigma in Blood Services

The process of giving blood, separating it into its vital components, and storing and shipping it are all processes that lend themselves to improvement through Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. We’ll take a look at Lean and Six Sigma in transfusion services, blood bank management, and blood donor flow. Finally, we include a short video [...]

Using Lean Six Sigma to Reduce Patient No Shows

Patient no shows create a problem for healthcare facilities and other patients. How are Lean and Six Sigma being applied to reduce patient no shows? We’ll look at three case studies to answer the question: one from Italy, one from Michigan, and one from China. Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, and Simulation Giovanni Improta and others [...]

The 1918 Flu Pandemic – What Do We Know?

On November 30, 2018, Cambridge University shared what they knew about the 1918 Flu Pandemic and what they have learned from it 100 years later. Now, scientists estimate that 50 – 100 million people died around the world. They died for two basic reasons: either from the initial flu infection or from the body’s strong [...]

The Anatomy of a Run Chart: Construction and Usefulness

As the foundation for this blog, we refer to two very good videos on Run Charts. While both cover the same material, they are also complementary. So, we recommend you watch both. In the first video, Michael from the Quality Improvement Division of HSE Ireland covers the Run Chart. HSE (Health Service Executive) provides all [...]

Run Charts for Healthcare Practitioner

Run Charts are precursors to Shewhart Control Charts, and are extremely valuable for detecting changes, trends, points of improvement, or points of decline. In this YouTube video from the University of Toronto Family Medicine, targeted for healthcare practitioners, you’ll learn about: How run charts are relevant to quality improvement Utilizing them to track improvement How [...]

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