Orthopedics unit restructures workforce to boost efficiency — 5 details


A Swedish hospital's orthopedics unit restructured its workforce to cut absenteeism and boost efficiency, AlterNet reports.

Five quick details:

1. Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg switched 89 nurses and physicians in its orthopedics unit to a six-hour workday.

2. The hospital hired 15 new staff members to fill resulting gaps and keep operating rooms open longer.

3. The restructuring came at a price tag of $123,000 a month but cut absenteeism and boosted efficiency, the hospital's executive director told a New York Times reporter.

4. The unit performs 20 percent more operations than it did before the change.

5. It also cut surgical patients' waiting times from months to weeks.


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