Implementing "lean" principles to improve the efficiency of the endoscopy department of a community hospital: a case study

Gastroenterol Nurs. May-Jun 2005;28(3):210-5. doi: 10.1097/00001610-200505000-00004.


Many endoscopy units are looking for ways to improve their efficiency without increasing the number of staff, purchasing additional equipment, or making the patients feel as if they have been rushed through the care process. To accomplish this, a few hospitals have looked to other industries for help. Recently, "lean" methods and tools from the manufacturing industry, have been applied successfully in health care systems, and have proven to be an effective way to eliminate waste and redundancy in workplace processes. The "lean" method and tools in service organizations focuses on providing the most efficient and effective flow of service and products. This article will describe the journey of one endoscopy department within a community hospital to illustrate application of "lean" methods and tools and results.

MeSH terms

  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Endoscopy*
  • Hospital Departments / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Time Management
  • United States