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01.08.2011 | Original Article | Ausgabe 4/2011 Open Access

Insights into Imaging 4/2011

Lean manufacturing and Toyota Production System terminology applied to the procurement of vascular stents in interventional radiology

Zeitschrift:
Insights into Imaging > Ausgabe 4/2011
Autoren:
Maximilian de Bucourt, Reinhard Busse, Felix Güttler, Christian Wintzer, Federico Collettini, Christian Kloeters, Bernd Hamm, Ulf K. Teichgräber

Abstract

Objectives

To apply the economic terminology of lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System to the procurement of vascular stents in interventional radiology.

Methods

The economic- and process-driven terminology of lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System is first presented, including information and product flow as well as value stream mapping (VSM), and then applied to an interdisciplinary setting of physicians, nurses and technicians from different medical departments to identify wastes in the process of endovascular stent procurement in interventional radiology.

Results

Using the so-called seven wastes approach of the Toyota Production System (waste of overproducing, waiting, transport, processing, inventory, motion and waste of defects and spoilage) as well as further waste characteristics (gross waste, process and method waste, and micro waste), wastes in the process of endovascular stent procurement in interventional radiology were identified and eliminated to create an overall smoother process from the procurement as well as from the medical perspective.

Conclusion

Economic terminology of lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, especially VSM, can be used to visualise and better understand processes in the procurement of vascular stents in interventional radiology from an economic point of view.
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