The Thoraxcenter of Erasmus MC started an improvement project in 2015 in order to increase the number of open-heart surgeries by 150 for three consecutive years (450 in total, +46%), and to decrease the access time from 12–14 to 2–3 weeks by the end of 2016. This was required to attain economy of scale in a highly competitive market. In this paper we describe the first year of the project, focusing on its structure and interventions taken, resulting in 165 additional open-heart surgeries carried out in 2016 and a significantly shorter access time of 2–3 weeks.

Cardio-thoracic surgery, operating rooms, planning & scheduling, process improvement
dx.doi.org/10.1080/20476965.2020.1848357, hdl.handle.net/1765/132067
Health Systems
Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Zonderland, M. (Maartje), Bekkers, J.A, van Bommel, J, ter Horst, M, van Leeuwen, W.J, van den Wall Bake, F. (Femke), … Bogers, A.J.J.C. (2020). Increasing cardio-thoracic productivity at Erasmus MC. Health Systems. doi:10.1080/20476965.2020.1848357