Tag Archive for ‘patient safety’

New study focuses on distractions, interruptions during surgical counting

Describes the findings of a new observational study that confirms interruptions in the operating room lead to fewer safety checks, reduced teamwork and communication, and greater stress and perceived workload.

Leveraging knowledge management for better quality surgical care: An introduction

HIGHLIGHTS Summarizes the evolution of knowledge management and its applications in health care Describes the benefits of knowledge management including enhanced collaboration, reduced preventable medical errors, and increased innovation Identifies how knowledge management can be applied to each step of the modern care model Outlines the challenges related to knowledge management services, particularly implementation Approximately […]

Make the call: A car crash, trauma care, standards, and inequity

Describes the College’s and The Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to improve trauma care and provides an introduction to Dr. Coleman’s article describing her husband’s experiences at a state-verified Level II trauma center.

The prescription America needs right now is more than a vaccine

The author issues a call to action for health care systems to recognize the harmful effects of implicit bias on patient care through the lens of her husband’s experience at a state-verified Level II trauma center in the Chicago, IL, area.

TQIP 2020 meeting outlines the future of trauma care

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the virtual 2020 Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Scientific Meeting and Training December 7−10. Drawing 6,453 participants as of mid-December—including trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, performance improvement (PI) clinicians, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and trauma professionals around the globe—the conference commemorated TQIP’s […]

Two new ACS verification programs cast a wider net to ensure quality for all surgical patients

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is expanding its suite of verification programs to better meet the needs of surgeons and patients. The two new programs include the ACS Quality Verification Program (ACS QVP) and the ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification (ACS GSV) Program. Verifying quality across the house of surgery The ACS QVP is based […]

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®.


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