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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 4

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A surgical machine

Supportability is as important in the maintenance shop as it is in the emergency room

By Satya S. Chakravorty

A surgeon is central to the success of brain surgery. To a large extent, how well surgeons perform depends on their level of support. Consider the day of surgery. After a thorough medical examination that includes a CT scan, the patient is given anesthesia and placed on an operating table. To facilitate the surgery, a nurse carefully stages needed items (e.g., titanium plates), tools (e.g., scalpel), consumables (e.g., gloves), and equipment (e.g., air ventilator) close to the patient. After reviewing the patient’s charts and talking with those who will help during surgery, the surgeon goes to work.


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