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Medline’s Surgical Trays

Here our gemba is hospital operating rooms, following the life stories of Surgical Procedure Trays (SPT). There’s a different tray for every operation, but they all basically look alike and you can’t tell them apart. They’re bulky and blue, and stored in Central Sterile Supply. Oftentimes the scrub tech pulls and opens the wrong one – One little thing, and there goes an expensive tray that can’t go to the OR. We set out to eliminate confusion, increase efficiency, reduce waste and decrease the risk of accidental latex exposure. From color coding procedure categories to clearly designed inserts, this new system is designed to be intuitive and easier to manage.

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