PEEP: A place for everything and everything in its place

Reader Alexandra introduced us to the post “The NICU goes Lean” on the Running a Hospital blog written by Paul Levy who is the president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In the article, Levy details how the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in his hospital used Lean 5S process improvements as motivation to organize and streamline their supply room:

(Click on the image to take you to a more detailed version on the Running a Hospital site.)

One thing that I love is the adorable poster that hangs on the door to the supply room:

I’ve never before seen PEEP used as a reminder for “A place for everything and everything in its place.” A fantastic idea, and a fantastic supply room makeover.

14 Comments for “PEEP: A place for everything and everything in its place”

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    posted by MsDasha on

    PEEP!!! Awesome! I can’t wait until I have kids and can use that with them!

  2. posted by Violet on

    I need that PEEP poster– maybe one in every room of my home! 🙂

  3. posted by Red on

    As someone who does that sort of LEAN transformation for work I believe I’ll be taking that PEEP thing. Haven’t seen it in any books/journals before, though I use the phrase every day! Love it.

  4. posted by Hope Flanagan on

    It’s also a pun on the PEEP used in ventilators/respirators in ICU’s. Positive End Expiratory Pressure. PEEP. Clever usage here though!

  5. posted by Krys on

    I just made my very own PEEP poster, using the same Microsoft clip art chicky in their poster! I LOVE it, and my coworkers all asked for copies for their own homes, too!

  6. posted by Alexandra on

    I’m so glad that Erin decided to share this with everyone who reads the Unclutterer blog. I was hopeful when I sent the link that it might make its way onto the blog, but was tickled to see my suggestion today! I am so inspired by Paul Levy and his vision for BIDMC, and he is truly an “unclutterer”. Working in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, I’ve observed that the vast majority of hospitals struggle to eliminate clutter as it manifests within a clinical environment. “Uncluttering” our hospitals is paramount to the quality of care delivered to patients.

    It’s nice to see that even hospitals can take advantage of the simple PEEP mantra.

  7. posted by Greg on

    I hate that the “PEEP” sign is written in Comic Sans. That font ruins everything it touches.

  8. posted by Kel on

    I just tried finding the clip art to make my own and don’t seem to have it 🙁 While I know I could use other images, I like this one. Anyone willing to figure out a way to disseminate copies?

  9. posted by Julia on

    I think I may set a 10-minute “PEEP” reminder on my iTouch…10 minutes every evening of running around putting stuff where it belongs, until I’m either caught up, or I’ve retrained myself to put things away, da**it!

  10. posted by Katie on

    @Julia: I do a 10-minute tidy up every evening right when I come in the door and it’s done great things for both my mood and the quality of my living space.

    It’s really amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes, and I actually enjoy doing it now. It also helps me to get out of work mode and into home mode. I feel much more relaxed when I’m finished.

    I’m not sure how well the right-when-you-come-home 10-minute tidy up would work for someone with kids, but as a single person with nobody else demanding my attention, it works great!

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  12. posted by Jessiejack on

    @ Greg why do you hate Comic Sans font so much?

  13. posted by Mark Graban on

    Ah, it’s so trendy to hate on Comic Sans.

  14. posted by Jessiejack on

    I just googled comic sans – I had no idea there was a wide spread ban it campaign –WOW

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