Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction

Less is more

Todd J. Wannemuehler, Alhasan N. Elghouche, Mimi S. Kokoska, Christopher R. Deig, Bruce Matt

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To determine whether instrument sets that are frequently used by multiple surgeons can be substantially reduced in size with consensus.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective quality improvement study using Lean Six Sigma for purposeful and consensual reduction of non-value-added instruments in adenotonsillectomy instrument sets.

METHODS: Value stream mapping was utilized to determine instrumentation usage and reprocessing workflow. Preintervention instrument utilization surveys allowed consensual and intelligent set reduction. Non-value-added instruments were targeted for waste elimination by placement in a supplemental set. Times for pre- and postintervention instrument assembly, Mayo setup, and surgery were collected for adenotonsillectomies. Postintervention satisfaction surveys of surgeons and staff were conducted.

RESULTS: Adenotonsillectomy sets were reduced from 52 to 24 instruments. Median assembly times were significantly reduced from 8.4 to 4.7 minutes (P  .05). The supplemental set was opened in only 3.6% of cases. Satisfaction was >90% regarding the intervention. Set build cost was reduced by $1,468.99 per set.

CONCLUSIONS: Lean Six Sigma improves efficiency and reduces waste by empowering team members to improve their environment. Instrument set reduction is ideal for waste elimination because of tool accumulation over time and instrument obsolescence as newer technologies are adopted. Similar interventions could easily be applied to larger sinus, mastoidectomy, and spine sets.NA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2810-2815
Number of pages6
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume125
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Total Quality Management
Surgical Instruments
Workflow
Quality Improvement
Consensus
Spine
Technology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Surveys and Questionnaires
Surgeons

Keywords

  • adenotonsillectomy
  • assembly
  • instrument
  • Lean
  • quality
  • Six Sigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Wannemuehler, T. J., Elghouche, A. N., Kokoska, M. S., Deig, C. R., & Matt, B. (2015). Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction: Less is more. Laryngoscope, 125(12), 2810-2815. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.25407

Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction : Less is more. / Wannemuehler, Todd J.; Elghouche, Alhasan N.; Kokoska, Mimi S.; Deig, Christopher R.; Matt, Bruce.

In: Laryngoscope, Vol. 125, No. 12, 01.12.2015, p. 2810-2815.

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Wannemuehler, TJ, Elghouche, AN, Kokoska, MS, Deig, CR & Matt, B 2015, 'Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction: Less is more', Laryngoscope, vol. 125, no. 12, pp. 2810-2815. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.25407
Wannemuehler TJ, Elghouche AN, Kokoska MS, Deig CR, Matt B. Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction: Less is more. Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec 1;125(12):2810-2815. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.25407
Wannemuehler, Todd J. ; Elghouche, Alhasan N. ; Kokoska, Mimi S. ; Deig, Christopher R. ; Matt, Bruce. / Impact of Lean on surgical instrument reduction : Less is more. In: Laryngoscope. 2015 ; Vol. 125, No. 12. pp. 2810-2815.
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