For decades, manufacturers have been using a variety of strategies to address challenges like efficiency, quality, and safety. And they work so well that other industries are taking note. It makes sense, then, that hospitals and operating rooms (ORs) in particular, can learn a few things from the manufacturing industry.
As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, there are more and more solutions to improve patients’ health and quality of life. In manufacturing, the goal is to deliver high-quality products. In healthcare, that same goal translates to high-quality patient care. Here is what hospitals can learn from manufacturers and how DinamicOR has created solutions to help healthcare providers operate more efficiently, safely, and cost-effectively.
What are the learnings?
All patients clearly want positive outcomes, and hospitals desire the same thing because this translates to better overall results. But healing patients isn’t the only metric that matters. How patients are treated is also essential, as are the experiences of hospital staff.
Hospitals can learn a lot from manufacturers who have similar goals. Manufacturers want to get the best financial results possible. But they can only achieve that goal by delivering a positive customer experience. This involves making efficiency in operations a priority and keeping positions filled with qualified workers.
Manufacturers have created a successful framework based on repeatability in operations. In other words, they develop processes and systems that repeat what works, which reduces the chances of errors, delays, and safety issues. Hospitals can do the same with the right solutions, like the one offered by DinamicOR.
How DinamicOR helps hospitals create repeatable processes
Medical facilities with surgical suites are busy and hectic environments. Staff must turn over the OR as quickly as possible as well as set it up to the precise specifications of the next surgeon. When there are no consistent processes in place, this can create delays and impact the quality of patient care.
What happens if you have a new OR staff member that isn’t familiar with your turnover procedures? Or what if the surgeon needs a particular instrument during the surgery, but no one knows where to locate it? Neither of these scenarios is desirable when a patient’s health or life is at stake. Fortunately, the DinamicOR Back Table Solution creates repeatable processes in the OR, similar to what happens in manufacturing.
The DinamicOR Back Table Solution is a fully-customizable, multi-tiered back table combined with a Durable Drape and the DinamicOR+ Workflow Management App. This combination of solutions helps hospitals create repeatable processes through:
- Reducing OR setup time — The revolutionary Workflow Management App records surgical preferences for every type of procedure, so technicians need only follow the layout in the app for desired instrument trays and instruments. These tools can reduce OR turnover time by up to 33%.
- Streamlining OR decision-making — The adjustable back table improves visibility in the OR to 92% and reduces tray movements by 88%. When surgical teams can see more instruments, this allows them to do a better and more consistent job in the OR.
- Improving staff efficiency and safety — Staff can use the workflow management app to get up to speed quickly if they are new or filling in. The use of these tools can boost efficiency in the OR and improve overall safety.
Learn more about the DinamicOR Back Table Solution
DinamicOR recognized a critical need in the healthcare industry and enlisted the help of experts in the field to solve it. The DinamicOR Back Table Solution was developed with direct input and involvement of manufacturing industry efficiency experts, who identified areas in need of improvement in operating rooms and hospitals.
Using those findings, we also collaborated with hospitals and perioperative staff to design the DinamicOR Back Table Solution. To date, our solution has been used in more than 20,000 procedures. For more information about our back table solution and the ways it can improve your OR efficiency, contact us today.