Optimizing Labor & Delivery Workflow
Workflow is defined as a set of tasks and resources need to accomplish to meet a goal. Defining and conforming to a set of processes enables a team to consistently achieve organizational objectives. Typical workflows in a labor & delivery unit include admission, documentation, and filling laboratory orders. Following are information resources on defining and optimizing workflows for labor & delivery teams.
- Organizational Workflow & its Impact on Work Quality (a chapter from Patient Safety & Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses)
- A review of realistically applying business process improvement practices to healthcare
- The “Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise” (IHE) technical framework for perinatal workflow delineates a standard process for each stage of L&D patient care
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement “IHI Perinatal Improvement Community” change package delineates a common set of process improvement goals and methods
- A case study highlighting the use of Lean Six Sigma to improve processes at a Maryland hospital
- Goal: Including L&D data in the ‘source of truth’ EMR record efficiently