Tag Archive for ‘patient safety’

I COUGH provides blueprint for sustainable quality improvement

The I COUGH program, which seeks to prevent non-ventilator-associated postoperative pulmonary complications, is a model for other sustainable quality improvement initiatives.

Janet Maria Vaughan—An unlikely hero

In the crucible of war, heroes are forged. We remember the political leaders who made critical decisions or the soldiers who put their lives on the line. Other heroes emerge without titles or uniforms. One example is Janet Maria Vaughan, MD (1899–1993). She started life unlikely to become a physician and even less likely to […]

The role of the site reviewer: Ensuring patient-centered standards for optimal patient outcomes

The role of the site reviewer: Ensuring patient-centered standards for optimal patient outcomes

Describes the qualities of effective site reviewers, provides examples of process improvements developed by reviewer feedback, and summarizes the College’s initiative to align ACS Quality Programs.

A look at The Joint Commission

Recommendations pour in as surgeons navigate COVID-19 pandemic

Suggestions for implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 recommendations for patients and visitors as well as health care personnel are the focus of this month’s column.

Rural Surgery Verification

New ACS-led verification program aims to improve care for rural surgical patients

Identifies the development and goals of a new program for verifying surgical quality in rural hospitals.

Rural Surgery Verification

Michigan hospital participates in first pilot site visit for new ACS rural surgery verification program

The rural verification standards evaluated during the MMMC-Alpena pilot site visit are summarized as are lessons learned for future pilot site visits.

ACS COT participates in study to develop comparative data on trauma care organization

ACS COT participates in study to develop comparative data on trauma care organization

The development of the CAFE study is summarized as is its role in determining variation in trauma patient care.

Dr. Schiff at a hospital in Shemya, 1947

A surgeon’s Woodstock

The selfless actions of a surgeon who treated patients at the iconic Woodstock Festival underscore the range of surgical skills and compassion that surgeons of all generations would benefit from possessing.

Scenes from the first TQIP live trauma simulation

TQIP annual meeting identifies new approaches to trauma care

A recap of the 2019 TQIP meeting—including lessons learned from a live trauma simulation, TQIP and COT progress reports, applying high-reliability concepts in trauma, and strategies for implementing hospital-based injury prevention programs—is provided.

From Residency to Retirement

Winning the lottery

The benefits of exhibiting gratitude and humility in providing care to the surgical patient are described.

From Residency to Retirement

Caring: Isn’t that why we went to medical school?

The traits of a caring physician, including setting patient expectations, are summarized.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission to start reporting on high rate of C-sections, adds new standards

The Joint Commission has announced two new perinatal care standards that will go into effect in July 2020 for all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission focuses on strategies to detect, prevent drug diversion

Detection and prevention of drug diversion in health care is the focus of this month’s column.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Bullet to the bean: Renal gunshot wounds

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with gunshot wounds to the kidneys in the National Trauma Data Bank®.

OR attire

Proceedings and recommendations from the OR attire summit: A collaborative model for guideline development

The recommendations provided at the operating room attire summit are described, including the findings of relevant scientific literature reviewed by summit participants.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Back stabbers and the renal wounds they inflict

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with knife wounds to the kidneys in the National Trauma Data Bank®.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Looking forward – April 2019

Lessons learned and next steps regarding implementing standards drawn from the principles outlined in Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety are the focus of this month’s column.

The ACS Quality and Safety Program: Louisville hospitals participate in first site visits

Summarizes the results of quality improvement initiatives as outlined in the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (Red Book) at two initial sites in Kentucky.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission reinstates individual physician mechanical thrombectomy volume eligibility requirement

Details regarding TJC’s decision to reinstate the individual mechanical thrombectomy volume eligibility requirement are summarized.

The Joint Commission

Sentinel Event Alert focuses on developing a reporting culture by learning from close calls

This month’s column examines the development of a culture of safety specifically through the analysis of reporting close calls in patient care.

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