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Using Lean to Create the Perfect CPAP Patient Pathway

4th April 2014

The CPAP teamAward-winning patient pathway project leads to 15 week reduction in new patient consultation waiting times

Sleep apnoea is a potentially life threatening long-term condition treated through the nightly use of breathing equipment.

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) team for the South Tees area had been working for some time out of a number of different locations on an ad-hoc basis. This, coupled with an increased demand for the service, meant that the need for a structured and efficient service had become critical.

The team felt that to offer the best possible care for their patients they needed to make some significant changes to the way they worked. Staff felt that if changes were made their time and resources could be used much more effectively. They committed to developing and implementing the perfect CPAP patient pathway.

You can read more about how they used Lean methodologies to achieve the changes in the case study below.