Set-up and changeover reduction is a valuable tool utilized in the Lean Healthcare effort to decrease overall costs and bottlenecks. Set-up or “change-over” is defined as the time required from the completion of the last until the start of the nest procedure. Set-up includes getting instruments, getting supplies, setting-up rooms, getting materials, and getting paperwork. This entire process can take place in less than 10 minutes!
The SMED process focuses on reduction of setup and changeover time as a way of improving utilization, increasing capacity and more volume. Changeover of rooms or equipment can be accomplished in less time and serves as a goal for change.
Benefits of a set-up / change-over reduction or SMED program include:
Reduction of inventory in supplies and instruments.
Dramatic reduction in flow time.
Elimination of waste and non value-added operations.
Improvement of capacity and volume.
Increase in flexibility.
Improvement in cash flow through reduction of inventory, waste, and rapid transfer of information to speed the patient flow process.
Increase in competitiveness.
Increase in Patient Satisfaction.
Increase in Doctor Satisfaction.
Set-up Reduction training is offered as a seminar with 10 to 15 participants in attendance. The training consists of classroom sessions and the videotaping of several set-ups changeovers, which are carefully analyzed for potential improvements in set-up changes. At the completion of the seminar, each participant will be able to analyze and reduce non value-adding activities in their area. Many Clients desire to make changeover/setup reduction a primary focus of a Kaizen Events, as part of a facilities overall Lean Healthcare effort.