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A hospital is not just a factory, but a complex adaptive system—implications for perioperative care.

Mahajan A, Islam SD, Schwartz MJ, et al. A Hospital Is Not Just a Factory, but a Complex Adaptive System-Implications for Perioperative Care. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(1):333-341. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000002144.

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August 2, 2017
Mahajan A, Islam SD, Schwartz MJ, et al. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(1):333-341.

Standardization and manufacturing-focused interventions in health care may fail to consider the complexity of the surgical environment and the need to adapt in response to rapid changes during procedures. This commentary explores the application of factory approaches and complex adaptive systems in perioperative care improvement and provides two case examples to illustrate how applying such constructs resulted in effective surgical process redesign.

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Mahajan A, Islam SD, Schwartz MJ, et al. A Hospital Is Not Just a Factory, but a Complex Adaptive System-Implications for Perioperative Care. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(1):333-341. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000002144.