What could laboratory medicine possibly learn from a manufacturing model used to produce automobiles? In this workbench, we will demonstrate how lean, a quality management system that is derived from the Toyota Production System, can be implemented in a cytopathology laboratory to reduce errors and waste, maximize efficiency, and ensure continuous quality improvement. This workbench will introduce you to the basic concepts and principles of lean, and through the use of case scenarios, demonstrate how lean tools can be applied in the cytopathology laboratory.
The objectives for this workbench are:
1. Define lean principles and concepts.
2. Identify lean tools that may be applied to the cytopathology laboratory.
3. Apply lean tools to develop effective solutions.