Surgery

Innovative end-to-end total arthroplasty care

An improvement project reduces surgical site infections. Takeaways: Establishing an end-to-end care process involves collaboration with the patient, clinical coach (family/support system), the multidisciplinary team, and all the facilities involved. Reducing surgical site infections starts...
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FDA clears new robotically-assisted surgical device

On Oct. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Senhance System, a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery. Read more via Fda.gov.

Strategies for managing “weekend effect” of surgeries

According to a study in Annals of Surgery, the following resources can help address the fact that patients who undergo urgent surgeries on weekends to experience longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates and...
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Preventing surgical-site infections

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) can lead to increased postoperative stays, higher readmission rates and healthcare costs, and poorer health outcomes. In a 2014 study, SSIs tied with pneumonia as the most common infection in hospitals,...

Protocol reduces complications for complex spinal surgery

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The three main features are: two spine surgeons in the OR,...

Quality-improvement initiative: Classifying and documenting surgical wounds

Interprofessional collaboration promoted a successful initiative to improve wound classification.

Study: High patient satisfaction not linked to surgical quality processes

A study of 31 hospitals in JAMA Surgery found that patient satisfaction was not associated with performance of surgical process measures such as antibiotic prophylaxis, appropriate hair removal, and deep vein thrombosis. Satisfaction also...

Study: Surgical checklist reduces 30-day morbidity

Using a surgical safety checklist, including providing comprehensive training on it, significantly decreases 30-day morbidity, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Read more.

Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward: Consensus Statement and Call to Action

Note: This Consensus Statement and Call to Action was drafted by members of the steering committee* for the conference "Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Mapping Progress, Charting a Future Path,"...

Adding NP to inpatient surgical team can reduce emergency department visits

A study published in Surgery found that adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to an inpatient surgical team reduced unnecessary emergency department visits by 50%. Read more.

Improved surgical communication reduces communication breakdowns

An intervention to improve surgical communication led to “significant reductions in potentially harmful communication breakdowns” according to May’s Annals of Surgery. Ready more at http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2011/05000/A_Policy_based_Intervention_for_the_Reduction_of.1.aspx

Study in Health Affairs states surgical checklists save money

A study published in Health Affairs reports that use of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist save hospital money because they prevent health care complications. “In a hospital with a baseline major complication...

Teaming up to improve the quality of surgical care

Using Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to produce better patient outcomes