Hospital's 'No-Wait' Culture Slashes Costs

Medical equipment tagging is saving a New York hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Its savings on patient tagging will be known soon. Next? The COO is considering employee tagging, to monitor hand washing and reduce infection rates.

1 comments on "Hospital's 'No-Wait' Culture Slashes Costs"
Michael Cylkowski (1/17/2014 at 1:12 PM)

Nice job of applying efficiencies but Taylorisms will only take you so far. What was the root problem? Nurses have to hunt down the equipment with their already precious little time so they secrete the equipment away in closets. Now that the available equipment is reduced by 22% they'll find another work-around like storing the free equipment next to the equipment being used. RFID cannot tell if something is actually in use or not; just turn it on and it'll be available when it is needed. The article ends with: "and also the patient will be safer." Reads like an afterthought!


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