Author(s) : Thomas L. Jackson
Kanban is a Lean method that builds upon the concepts of standardized work, 5S, and visual management to give hospitals a simple yet effective method for managing supplies and inventory. The goal of a kanban system is to support patients and employees by ensuring needed supplies are in the right place, at the right time. As part of the Lean Tools in Healthcare series, this reader-friendly book is designed to improve understanding of this tool. Presented in practical terms, this book includes margin assists that define key terms, supplies healthcare examples, and provides detailed how-to instructions.
This book explains how a kanban system can be used in healthcare, reviews the basics of kanban, including its functions and rules, discusses the different types of kanban systems, considers takt time and scheduling kanban and describes how to improve processes with a kanban system.