Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Engineering

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Lizabeth T. Schleme

Abstract

This study analyzes and proposes Cardiac Staging nurse workflow improvements along with a new Cardiac Staging facility design at French Hospital. Currently, patients spend an expected 125 minutes in Cardiac Staging. It was found that 60% of the time in Cardiac Staging was spent waiting to be transferred into the Cath Lab. The following Industrial Engineering methods were utilized to eliminate waste in staging and design a new staging area:

 Use of Lean and Six-Sigma tools to recommend new patient arrival time

 Manufacturing product scheduling to reduce patient wait time

 Use of facility redesign techniques to improve flow and patient holding capacity

With application of the recommendations, the Cath Lab department can reduce patient waiting time by 75%, decrease scheduling variability, and increase patient holding capacity by up to four times.

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