July 23, 2018

Full-scale mockup clears path to efficient new ORs

By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN

Anyone who has been involved in an OR design and construction project knows it is a labor-intensive, time-consuming effort—and usually far from seamless. There’s almost always something no one thinks of until it is too late, and the staff must learn to live with the flaws. But a multidisciplinary team at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, took an innovative approach based on Lean concepts that not only facilitated the process but also improved efficiency for the staff working in this new area.

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