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Using Lean "automation with a human touch" to improve medication safety: a step closer to the "perfect dose."
Ching JM, Williams BL, Idemoto LM, Blackmore CC. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014;40:341-350.
This study highlights the use of Lean methodologies to facilitate implementation of barcode medication administration (BCMA) for hospitalized patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The introduction of BCMA led to significantly fewer medication errors. The concepts presented may be helpful for organizations employing new health technologies.
Journal Article > Commentary
Esimai G. Qual Prog. April 2005;38:51-57.
The authors analyze one hospital's quality management program. Using a Six Sigma methodology, the program identified policy and practice changes that needed to be implemented in order to reduce harm.