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A Better Way to Perform Portable X-rays

Summary: Radiologic technicians at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, were experiencing injuries at an alarming rate, resulting in more than $200,000 in workers’ compensation and lost productivity costs. Lean methodologies were used to evaluate the situation, identify areas of opportunity, modify the existing process, substantiate and enumerate improvements, and implement new standard work. A cross-functional team conducted experimental research to test several variables and methods. The resulting new ergonomically sound procedure has eliminated injuries associated with performing portable x-rays.

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