Using FMEA in the Different Six Sigma Project Phases


Posted by: meikah | 29 March 2010 | 9:12 pm

FMEA or failure mode and effects analysis tool may take many variations, but it has only one fundamental purpose, that is to identify, evaluate, and take actions to reduce risk of failure.

These variations of the FMEA have many uses for the tool within Six Sigma projects. Though it is introduced in the Improve stage of training, FMEA has a place in other phases of Six Sigma as well.

An article on iSixSigma has a good discussion on this.

In Measure, for example, the FMEA can be used as a prioritization tool to understand and fine tune the focus of a Lean Six Sigma project. In addition, it also can be used to determine what can go wrong with the process, and what data the team should collect as part of its process metrics.

Example: A team launched a project to reduce reprocessing of materials in a sterilization line. To determine where to focus the initial efforts, the team created a detailed process map, followed by an FMEA to identify failure points in the process that resulted in re-sterilization. Once the FMEA was created, resulting in severity, occurrence and detection estimates, the team focused their project on four areas to eliminate or mitigate failure points.

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FMEA Improves Giving of Medication Doses


Posted by: meikah | 19 February 2009 | 12:18 am

The Six Sigma Tool, FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) is helping the Children’s Hospital of Illinois improve their healthcare services.

Kathy Francis, RN and InformMed pac2 technology inventor, says, “Wrong dose errors account for 41% of fatal medication errors, yet 10-20% of all doses are calculated at the point of care. By helping nurses to accurately calculate dose volumes, recognize unsafe doses, and recall clinically important drug information, the pac2 helps protect nurses and patients from tragic results.”

The analysis showed that an 88% reduction in total potential risk of medication error could be realized when the pac2 was used in the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). According to Dr. Adalberto Torres, Jr., Medical Director for the Children’s Hospital PICU, the study’s reduced error rates offer valuable insight into the potential of the InformMed pac2 system in an emergent care setting. The Children’s Hospital cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of Chicago, and was recently recognized as having the #1 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the world.

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Filed under: FMEA, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Tools/Toolkits

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