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    July 2010     

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5-S improvement inpatient supply rooms at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Written by Penny Butler, Administrative Officer 
In March 2009, the Roudebush VA Medical Center initiated a series of Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIWs) to organize and redesign supply and equipment areas within inpatient units. In January 2010, the supply rooms were significantly redesigned through implementation of color-coded dual bin supply systems.  The result has been over a 75% reduction in the time for nurses to find supplies within these units   Aggregated over the course of a year this has resulted in over 3200 hours of time returned to direct patient care. To read the details of this case study   
 Book Review: Managing Transitions  
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change 
By William Bridges (2nd Edition) 
Reviewed by: Junell Scheeres

William Bridges' Managing Transitions provides potential change
agents with practical tools and a framework to help them guide their organization through the uncertain journey of change(Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press). To read the entire review 
Industrial engineering principles enhance hospital design
The Hammes Company website has an article describing how industrial engineering principles were applied in the design of three hospitals. According to the article,  Virtua Health in New Jersey, Elmhurst Memorial in Illinois, and SSM St. Mary's in Missouri have all included management engineering and process improvement principles in the pre-design and design phases of new facilities.  To read the entire article  
University of Massachusetts researchers working with UMass Memorial Medical Center to improve ED flow 
According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst website, Hari Balasubramanian, assistant professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is working with UMass Memorial Medical Center to identify bottlenecks, improve efficiency, and reduce patient waiting time in the emergency room.
They plan to use discrete event simulation modeling and radio-frequency identification (RFID) to study how doctor and nurse staffing levels, intake flow and procedures, and injury or disease severity, affect patient flow and resource efficiency. The research is being done under a two-year $150,000 Life Sciences Moment grant from the President's Office and the Medical School.  To read the entire article click here.
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