Leveraging improvement efforts to reduce hospital infections

Certification process led to strategies that improved patient outcomes

By Sonya Floyd and Casey Bedgood

Is improvement methodology limited to only hard dollar savings? Can methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma or ISO 9001:2015 save lives if leveraged properly? Is waste the only application for improvement or are other viable targets warranted? Is improvement only a pipe dream or can it become a reality with the right structure, process and people focus? Can change agents realize long-term improvement wins that stand the test of time even in the face of a pandemic or is sustainability a mirage that quickly fades with time?

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