ACHIEVE LABORATORY EFFICIENCY THROUGH STANDARDIZATION
A manufacturing-rooted principle, Lean drives cost savings by eliminating bottlenecks and by streamlining processes across work cells or designated work areas. With Lean, standardization is key to delivering consistency and quality while improving turnaround times.
To be successful, Lean has to be integrated into every step of a process, not just to segments known as Lean pockets. These pockets create areas of discontinuity that ultimately disrupt consistency and quality. Avoid pockets by focusing on all aspects of your process— from beginning to end.
Customize your lab
Lean is unique from lab to lab because it depends on the people, space, and work—factors unique to each environment. Consider these tips when implementing Lean:
- Free up storerooms
- Eliminate error-prone areas
- Reduce walking & specimen-travel distances