Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department
BS in Industrial Engineering
Lizabeth T. Schleme
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.