In healthcare, it is increasingly used for
- the management of medical equipment, such as infusion pumps, electrocardiographic monitors and other instruments. Kanban is used to keep track of the number of available equipment, its maintenance status and location. Staff can easily identify the availability of equipment needed to treat patients;
- the management of supplies, such as medications, bandages and dressings. Kanban cards are used to keep track of inventory levels and the need to reorder supplies. Staff can be sure that they always have the supplies they need to treat patients;
- patient management. Kanban can be used to show the path of patients through the hospital, indicating their health status, tests to be performed and treatments to be carried out. All this serves the care staff to have a complete overview of the patients’ pathway, identifying problems or delays.