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Cureus. 2017 May 17;9(5):e1257. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1257.

The Role of Organizational Culture in Operating Room Turnaround Time.

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Anesthesiology, Riverside University Health System Medical Center, Moreno Valley, California, United States.
School of Nursing, Loma Linda University.


This analysis looks at the application of a robust process improvement methodology to achieve a sustained organizational change. The implementation took place in a safety net hospital's operating suites that had a problem with relatively long, nonproductive turnover times between surgical procedures. Organizational leadership empowered stakeholders to use Lean and Six-Sigma tools to develop more efficient organizational processes. These processes were then implemented in a phased approach with careful attention to the organization's culture. The result was a significant reduction in turnover times leading to greater operational efficiency.


or efficiency; or turn over time; organizational culture

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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