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Case Study: Applying Six Sigma to Cricket

Cricket: Description and Glossary Cricket is one of the world’s most popular games. It is played between two teams of 11 players. In a one-day cricket game, each team is allowed to bat for a maximum of 50 overs and the team scoring more runs is declared the winner. Each team has a combination of…

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What To Do When The Low-Hanging Fruit Is Gone

This article provides an example of how an operational department (like a cardiac catheterization lab) can be transformed from a low sigma level to a higher sigma level, and what that would mean to the overall organization. Patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction, reduced overtime, reduced patient wait times, increased revenues and an enhanced quality of life…

Improving Staff Scheduling at Providence Health System

As with most hospitals, labor is the largest budget expense at the Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) in Anchorage. But benchmarking indicated that staff utilization at PAMC, a part of the Providence Health System, was above the 75th percentile of the national average. To remedy this, in October 2003, a multidisciplinary team (nursing, leadership, finance…

Reduce and Optimize Hospital Noise with Six Sigma Tools

A hospital must create a quiet, calm environment for patients by providing a physical setting conducive to recovery and an organizational culture that supports patients and families through the stresses imposed by illness, hospitalization, medical visits, healing and bereavement. To accomplish this hospital employees must identify internal and external noise factors – is it voices,…

Breaking the Bar Code Myth: A Real Path to Patient Safety

It is time to shed some light on and refute some of the claims about the power of bar codes to deliver gains in patient safety. And, at the same time, the value of Lean and Six Sigma as significant tools in improving processes that actually can ensure patient safety needs to be reinforced. The…