As the cost of providing healthcare continues to rise, hospitals are tasked with finding solutions to reduce overall costs while delivering quality care. While the operating room (OR) generates a large percentage of revenue for a hospital, it is also one of the costliest units to manage within the hospital, especially related to supply costs. The increased focus on evidence-based decision making has led hospitals to adopt improvement strategies from other industries such as Lean in order maximize value and minimize waste.
- Understand that “Lean” approach to problem solving and using standard methodology involves support of the whole hospital
- Define types of waste and how they can impact performance initiatives
- How to implement Lean approach in the hospital
- Identify how value stream mapping can uncover all steps of a process or procedure to minimize waste and optimize delivery
- Determine waste generators and value-add opportunities in glove practices, material, and quality
Lindsey has multiple years of direct Operating Room experience in circulating, scrubbing, and Education Specialist for level-one trauma and transplant centers. She provided development of comprehensive clinical educational programs for Surgical Services employees. Her experience includes annual training and process improvement, competency development, implementation of evidence-based practices in patient care, along with policy review and approval. Her knowledge and exposure to quality improvement and risk management, with focus on Highly Reliable Organization (HRO) foundations supports initiatives for safer healthcare environments. Lindsey holds a Master of Science in Nursing with Specialization in Nursing Education. She is a Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), has an IHI Certificate in Quality and Safety, and is a member of ASQ, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).