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lean

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An approach to improving workflow and eliminating waste, which loosely translates as getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while minimising waste and being flexible and open to change. Lean processes in healthcare are similar to manufacturing: both deal with inventory control and processes using the same equipment and people.

Lean focuses on activities that provide the highest value to the client—a process known as value stream mapping—or those that generate the most revenue, while eliminating superfluous steps. In healthcare, this translates into reduced testing and billing errors; streamlined admissions and appointments; improved document and billing practices; and reduced unnecessary treatment. Lean principles offer a way for healthcare organisations to control costs and improve quality; when correctly implemented, lean processes drastically reduce inventory, downtime, costs, and production cycles for manufacturers—and helps increase quality and revenues.
 
Vox populi
Not fat (as in a lean person) or fatty (as in ‘lean beef’).

Medspeak-UK

lean

(lēn)
A product so labeled contains, by F.D.A. order, less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, and 95 mg cholesterol per serving.

lean

(lēn)
Without excess fat. By USDA standards it means that a meat or poultry product contains less than 10 g of fat, 4.5 g of saturated fat and 95 mg of cholesterol per serving.
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Things like leaning against the rails are important to us.
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One can see that a Tommy gun has been left behind, leaning against the now-dead policeman.
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And, I say, affably, steaming Cup in hand, leaning against the lobby wall, maybe this coffee is not unlike Jesus himself, who gave himself and his searing message to us freely, so that we might be awakened both to the vast holiness of the quotidian and to the promise of the savory cup of holy and joyous life to come.
Meiring told the audience that he would take home with him `the picture of the ancient church leaning against a mosque, embracing each other, as an example to the world'.
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Leaning against and within each other until evening
Precision and effectiveness also characterize the work of Gerald Barrax, whose Leaning Against the Sun is a fine book that displays very well the poet's depth and range.