Heres a vision of continuous flow in surgery a patient walks in the door and is immediately directed to a room to prepare for surgery as soon as the patient is prepped the operating room surgical team and all of the supplies are ready. The second aspect of continuous flow is the continuous flow of work for the caregiver smooth fluid sequence of operations for one person without obstacles or waiting smooth relay from one person to the next in the case of team work. A short video about continuous flow sequential pull and replenishment pull in lean healthcare presented by ems consulting group inc http wwwemsstrate. With continuous flow all work is accomplished as it presents itself and completed in one continuous action appointment times may need to be lengthened or pauses placed in the schedule to accommodate continuous flow and reflect a certain truth in scheduling and young entrepreneurs all of whom had little or no access to health care . Continuous flow is an important concept in healthcare one of the main issues i have seen in nursing is the interruptions a nurse has while s he attends to patients a simple request for a warm blanket can mean several interruptions for the nurse as she walks down the call to gather the blanket and walks back to deliver the blanket
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