Using Six Sigma in Cardiac Cath Lab


Posted by: meikah | 16 September 2008 | 11:14 pm

Heartsite.com defines cardiac catheterization or Cath as “a specialized study of the heart during which a catheter, or thin hollow flexible tube, is inserted into the artery of the groin or arm.” Continue reading…

It is a highly specialized and very important procedure. And for a hospital to do something to improve processes in this kind of lab is big on my book.

New York Presbyterian Hospital recently embarked on a comprehensive initiative to improve throughput in the cardiac catherization labs at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian sites.

At the New York-Presbyterian, the focus was on the various sub-cycle times impacting throughput – including case start time, room turnaround time and patient prep time. As a result of these multiple projects, the hospital gained 312 hours of procedure time without incurring any additional capital expense. An overview of one project conducted at Children’s Hospital of New York demonstrates how the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology provided the framework and tools to raise departmental productivity by improving first case start times.

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