Application of the Toyota Production System improves core laboratory operations.

@article{Rutledge2010ApplicationOT,
  title={Application of the Toyota Production System improves core laboratory operations.},
  author={Joe C. Rutledge and Min Xu and Joanne Simpson},
  journal={American journal of clinical pathology},
  year={2010},
  volume={133 1},
  pages={24-31}
}
To meet the increased clinical demands of our hospital expansion, improve quality, and reduce costs, our tertiary care, pediatric core laboratory used the Toyota Production System lean processing to reorganize our 24-hour, 7 d/wk core laboratory. A 4-month, consultant-driven process removed waste, led to a physical reset of the space to match the work flow, and developed a work cell for our random access analyzers. In addition, visual controls, single piece flow, standard work, and "5S" were… CONTINUE READING

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