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Lean Six Sigma implementation and sustainability roadmap for reducing medication errors in hospitals

Trakulsunti, Y, Antony, J and Douglas, JA (2020) Lean Six Sigma implementation and sustainability roadmap for reducing medication errors in hospitals. The TQM Journal. ISSN 1754-2731

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The purpose of this study is to propose a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) roadmap to guide healthcare practitioners in the implementation of LSS along with a customized LSS tool kit for reducing medication errors. The authors initially critically reviewed several frameworks/roadmaps of Lean, Six Sigma and LSS which have been proposed in healthcare sector from the existing literature. This review has led to an understanding of key characteristics, limitations, and reasons behind the development of such frameworks/roadmaps. A conceptual roadmap was developed and then validated by a number of LSS experts and a healthcare practitioner. Based on the previous studies and taking LSS experts’ opinions into account, a revised roadmap for reducing medication is presented. The roadmap for LSS in reducing medication errors is developed. This roadmap includes three phases: Phase 1 cultural readiness for LSS employment in reducing medication errors; Phase 2 preparation, initialization and implementation, and Phase 3 sustainability. The roadmap has been tested with only a handful of practitioners of LSS. Moreover, only two case studies have been carried out in a Thai hospital setting which followed the roadmap. In order to improve the validity of research, more case studies need to be executed and more people should be used for testing the roadmap with varied cultures. This is the first attempt in the development of a LSS roadmap that healthcare practitioners can follow to reduce medication errors using LSS methodology and sustaining LSS in their organizations.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 0299 Other Physical Sciences, 0399 Other Chemical Sciences, 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 10:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:18
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/TQM-03-2020-0063
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12929
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