The Application of the Toyota Production System LEAN 5S Methodology in the Operating Room Setting

Academic Article


  • The purpose of the Toyota Production System (TPS) Lean 5S methodology project is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in a process by eliminating identified process waste of (1) defects (errors), (2) overproduction, (3) waiting, (4) confusion, (5) motion/travel, (6) excess inventory, (7) overprocessing, and (8) human potential. The specific aim of this quality improvement project was to evaluate the impact of the TPS 5S tool process, a problem-solving, space-organizing tool, on distractions and interruptions in the neurosurgery operating room (OR) workflow with a goal to decrease neurosurgery craniotomy infection rates in a neurosurgery OR suite within a 3-month period.
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    Author List

  • Leming-Lee TS; Polancich S; Pilon B
  • Start Page

  • 53
  • End Page

  • 79
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 1