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1 A Better Discharge Process: Using Lean Six Sigma and Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Improve Patients Experience: A Love Story Mike Sawin, BSN, RN Nurse Manager 10W Stephanie Sargent, MHA, RN, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Performance Improvement Facilitator

2 Medical University of SC (MUSC) Charleston, SC Established in 1824 First Medical College in the South Academic Medical Center 709 beds Six facilities Medical University Hospital Ashley River Tower Children's Hospital Storm Eye Institute Institute of Psychiatry Hollings Cancer Center 11 Service Lines Over 11,000 MUSC employees including the University staff 895 physicians & 617 residents 2

3 Rank Where We Were Discharge Section 10 West All Units Goal Q Q Q Q4 2010

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5 Results: Avatar - timely discharge process 94% positive (89% strongly agree) HCAHPS - Discharge Composite 93% top box (98 th percentile) for FY2011 No more survey comments that patients did not feel ready for discharge

6 Why Discharge Process? April 2010 Senior Hospital Administration identified the discharge process as a priority Voice of the patient lowest scoring section on Press Ganey Surveys Patients boarding in the ED and PACU Routinely on critical census alert

7 Why 10 West? 10W had lowest patient satisfaction scores on discharge Very complex patient population with extensive discharge needs Discharge requires multiple interdisciplinary teams

8 History of Project Focused on 3 Pillars: - Service - Finance - Growth

9 History of Project MUSC trained 20 employees on Lean Six Sigma for Green Belt certification Performance Improvement Facilitators Administrative Managers Service Line Business Managers

10 I IDENTIFY the Problem MEASURE the Impact PROBLEM Analysis R REMEDY Selection OPERATIONALIZE the Remedies VALIDATE the Improvements EVALUATE Over Time

11 I M P R O V E Identify the Problem Measure the Impact Problem Analysis Remedy Selection Operationalize the Remedies Validate the Improvements Evaluate Over Time What is the Problem? Construct Current State Process Flow Diagram What is Causing the Problem? What are the Remedies? Develop Implementation Plan Perform 30 Day Process Analysis Continue Process Analysis at 90, 120 Days Macro Map/ SIPOC Select Metric Prioritize/Rank the Causes Rank and Choose the Remedies Update Communication Plan Approve Future State Process Evaluate Control Plan Scope/ Timeline Devise & Implement Data Collection Plan Tollgate Construct Future State Process Flow Diagram Implement Remedies Develop Control Plan Tollgate Assign Team Tollgate Tollgate Tollgate Tollgate Develop Communication Plan Tollgate

12 LEAN waste, efficiency Reducing variation Removing non-value added activities Mistake Proofing Reducing defects Increasing quality Standard work

13 Combined Methodologies X

14 Key Win for the Organization First application of Lean Six Sigma at MUSC Success of this project paved the way for organizational buy-in of Lean Six Sigma

15 Swim Lane MD Unit Secretary RN Social Work Transporter

16 The Journey In the beginning Overcoming personal bias Stephanie Sargent and Rob Finch

17 IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM From the time that the physician writes the discharge order until the patient leaves is 245 minutes Patient satisfaction scores are in the 18 th percentile on the Speed of the Discharge Process and below goal

18 The Team Mike Sawin, Nurse Manager for 10W Kathy Sloan, Nurse Case Manager, Orthopaedics Florence Simmons, Nurse Case Manager, Trauma Christa Schaff, Social Worker, 10W 10W staff included: Karen Boyd, RN, CUL Jessica Stout, RN, CUL Gayle Wadford, RN, Charge nurse Allison Swingle, RN Deborah Joseph, Unit Secretary Roxanne Cuzzell, Unit Secretary Facilitators: Stephanie Sargent, MHA, RN, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Rob Finch, MHA, Radiology Supervisor, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Everyone's involvement was key to the process!

19 Additional Team Members Physician Assistants from Orthopaedics and Trauma Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists Attending Physicians were routinely updated

20 MEASURE THE IMPACT Decrease the average lead time: 245 e 105 minutes Improve patient satisfaction: 18 th e 65 th percentile by 12/31/11

21 PROBLEM ANALYSIS Clinical and Non-Clinical not working together Nurses attitudes about discharge Physicians attitudes about discharge Keeping everyone open-minded The number of variables affecting the discharge Creating a team atmosphere on the unit

22 PROBLEM ANALYSIS Transportation issues on the day of discharge Prescription issues on the day of discharge Appointment scheduling was time consuming

23 Swim Lane MD Unit Secretary RN Social Work Transporter

24 R REMEDY SELECTION All Vital Signs and labs due at 0600 Implemented computerized ASAP (computerized discharge appointments) Physicians, Residents and Physician Assistants identify appointment needs the day before discharge

25 R REMEDY SELECTION Unit Whiteboard

26 R REMEDY SELECTION Organized Care Team Meetings: Orthopaedics - daily at 1000 NCM, SW, CUL or Charge Nurse, PA and Intern Added discussion of their needs and potential discharge dates Trauma - Twice a week at 1030 NCM, SW, CUL or Charge Nurse and PA

27 R REMEDY SELECTION Lovenox teaching Started on the first dose Nursing home and rehab packets Started upon admission NCM/SW notified early Transportation and medication funding issues

28 R REMEDY SELECTION Durable Medical Equipment

29 R REMEDY SELECTION Patient Whiteboard

30 R REMEDY SELECTION Discharge Checklist

31 OPERATIONALIZE Implementation Plan Who? What? How? When?

32 VALIDATE 30/60/90/120 Project Period Stopped Measurement

33 Change in the culture EVALUATE No longer an afterthought Part of the plan of care beginning at admission As important as medicating pain

34 EVALUATE Improved employee satisfactionespecially with engagement (11.1 point mean score increase) Patient satisfaction scores high despite lead time

35 Percent of patients reached with D/C Phone calls who had questions about their discharge instructions Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 11-Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul August 2010 July 2011

36 Lessons Learned Continue to communicate Continue to emphasize Physicians' discussing discharge earlier in the patient s hospitalization 100 HCAHPS Discharge Composite - % Top Box

37 Tactics Communication (visual cues) Checklists Standardization of care Continuous monitoring of process Data Patient perceptions

38 Voice of customer Summary Proactive vs. Reactive Passive recipient to active participant Everyone working in the process present Solutions are owned by stakeholders Lean Six Sigma applicable to healthcare All units have a discharge project now Patient satisfaction scores remain high despite lead time

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40 QUESTIONS Mike Sawin Stephanie Sargent

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