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  • Small volume parenteral (SVP) medications are batch-processed once daily at a 900+ bed academic medical center
  • Labels are printed 36 hours before medications are due and prepared and delivered for a 24-hour period
  • Therapy changes, discontinuations or patient transfers lead to increased rework, missing doses, and ultimately waste
  • Lean methodology was originally developed as a production philosophy and quality
  • system with an emphasis on problem solving, partnership, and process improvement1-3
  • The Lean philosophy emphasizes the continual identification and elimination of waste in order to maximize value1
  • Lean has been used in healthcare with great success4-5