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Using the palliative performance scale to increase goals of care conversations(0)

June 3, 2021

The results of a quality improvement initiative at Rutgers New Jersey University Hospital, Newark, focused on increasing goals of care conversations in older patients with low pre-injury palliative performance scale scores.

 

Reducing duration of postoperative prophylactic antibiotics in neonatal surgery

The results of a quality improvement initiative in the intensive care unit at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, focused on reducing inappropriate prophylactic antibiotic use in neonatal patients.

Reducing returns to the operating room

Technology has continued to drive advances in surgery toward more minimally invasive, cost-conscious, patient-centric procedures. At the same time, the battle to prevent surgical complications has taken center stage as a means to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall health care costs for both patients and hospitals. Complications and their associated costs after surgical intervention […]

Australian hospital calls in the COPS to improve care of older patients

As the world’s population ages, older people are increasingly presenting to the hospital with surgical problems that require assessment and management. Older patients face different challenges than their younger counterparts, including an increased risk of complications, death, and functional decline.1,2 The presence of frailty, cognitive impairment, and multiple comorbidities also contributes to poorer postoperative outcomes […]

Hospital aims to stop the clot in neurosurgery

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurrences are defined by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or both. VTE affects nearly one in 1,000 people and contributes to 60,000–100,000 deaths annually.* Risk factors for VTE can be both hereditary and acquired. We have come to understand that patients who require surgery are at a higher risk […]


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