5S Lean for Healthcare Infection Control

5S Lean: A Different Approach to Infection Control


Are you doing all you can to prevent the spread of infection?
Answer the following questions as they relate to your facility’s infection control policy.

  1. Is clutter regularly removed from all patient and public areas?
  2. Is equipment removed from hallways?
  3. Are extra patient care supplies removed from patient rooms and stored in a designated location?
  4. Are obstacles that potentially create difficulty for house-keeping eliminated?
  5. Is the maintenance of facilities regularly monitored and checked?

If these questions are issues at your healthcare facility, utilizing the “Lean” methodology for infection control could be the answer.

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