"The Lean methodology has allowed us not only to optimize the usage and design of surgical instrument trays, but to ensure the various groups of professionals – both health and non-health related – work well to deliver a culture of continuous improvement across all areas of the organization"
Cesar Pascual Fernández, Manager, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla is a publicly owned institution that reports to the Regional Health Ministry of the Cantabrian Government and forms part of the Cantabrian Health Service.
The institution is a major tertiary referral hospital and one of the largest employers in Cantabria. It also plays a leading scientific, social and economic role in the Autonomous Community.
Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla (HUMV) faced a number of challenges as part of its process to optimize and adapt materials to bring them in line with new surgical techniques:
The use of the Lean methodology has made it possible to ensure staff in the surgery department have the tools and knowledge required to make informed and consensual decisions about the best set of surgical instruments to use in selected procedures. Lean techniques have allowed them to adapt a number of trays to new surgical practices.
Download the full Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla case study (297 KB/A4, 2 pages)