Lean six sigma methodologies improve clinical laboratory efficiency and reduce turnaround times


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İnal T. C. , Ozturk O. G. , Kibar F. , Cetıner S. , Matyar S. , Daglıoglu G. , ...More

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL LABORATORY ANALYSIS, vol.32, no.1, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jcla.22180
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF CLINICAL LABORATORY ANALYSIS
  • Keywords: medical error, pre-analytical, process flow, quality improvement, quality management, workflow, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, MICROBIOLOGY, PRINCIPLES, DEMAND

Abstract

BackgroundOrganizing work flow is a major task of laboratory management. Recently, clinical laboratories have started to adopt methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and some successful implementations have been reported. This study used Lean Six Sigma to simplify the laboratory work process and decrease the turnaround time by eliminating non-value-adding steps.