As a nurse, you are in charge of several different patients who all have their own needs. Some may need more specialized care than others and this is hard to deal with when paperwork is not done, x-rays are lost, and you are behind on other daily tasks.  On average nurses only get to spend about 40 minutes with each patient per day. On the other hand, the daily tasks of entering data and patient information takes up about 33 percent of a nurse's time. This is why it is so important that Directors of Nurses and the hospital overall find ways to help nurses spend more time with their patients.

In our blog about, “The Importance of Quality Patient Care,” we laid out the guidelines to help Directors of Nurses and nurses themselves understand the importance of quality patient care. If a nurse is able to spend more time educating their patients and families and giving them more individualized attention, it can lead to better quality care.

LEAN Practices And How They Can Help Nurses: 

The first way a hospital can help nurses spend more time with their patients is through LEAN practices. LEAN is a set of philosophies that help reduce waste and wait times and help create maximum value for patients. It ultimately looks at how to change the culture and overall processes of the business, in this case, hospitals and their efficiency.  

A great way for nurses to spend more time with patients is to reduce time wasted. Any processes that are weighing down the nurses should be changed or completely removed.

There are six areas that waste could be occurring:

  • Overproduction: an increase in unnecessary testings.
  • Waiting: the time between getting to the hospital and waiting on test results and seeing the doctor.
  • Material Movement: moving charts and other items from room to room.
  • Motion: the time taken traveling back and forth to different departments.
  • Inventory: there being too much or too little inventory, not enough medications, or a not being able to locate needed items.
  • Correction: The wrong medicine given out, wrong patient to x-rays, and etc.

How To Implement LEAN Practices In Your Hospital:

In the most basic essence, a LEAN Practice is best implemented if every employee can sit down, analyze the problem, and work to make the problem result in a positive outcome. This can mean the Director of Nurses and the nurses realize an issue together and solve it together. A multitude of problems like material movement or inventory, as listed above, can be solved with Moduflex, LLC.

Moduflex, LLC, can help with most of these issues because better storage improves efficiency. The storage unit is added into a new build by the door of each room. It is designed with a two-way opening allowing nurses to get needed products inside or outside of the room. This allows for easier Supply Chain Management systems. It also helps with nurses having to run back and forth throughout the day to get needed supplies. All the supplies for each patient will be all in one central location.

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Moduflex, LLC, is operated in Omaha, Nebraska. It is currently able to be installed in any hospital or university hospital in the United States. FlowCARE was designed with Directors of Nurses and nurses in mind to help with this already difficult job! If your current hospital has been looking for a new storage system and hasn’t had any luck, contact FlowCARE today!

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