Tag Archive for ‘quality improvement’
ERAS leads to reduced length of stay for geriatric joint replacement patients
The results of a quality improvement initiative to reduce length of stay for arthroplasty patients at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center (KWMC), Hillsboro, OR, are summarized.
ACS NSQIP recognizes 88 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care
ACS NSQIP recognized 88 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2018.
ERAS program improves outcomes in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy
The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Phoenix, implemented an enhanced recovery after surgery program for patients undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and the results and lessons learned are described.
New protocol leads to improved trauma decannulation rate
This column outlines the results of a new tracheostomy decannulation protocol and lessons learned in developing the quality initiative at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE.
Routine Foley catheter placement affects postoperative UTIs in bariatric surgery patients
This column outlines the results of a new protocol at Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, NY, designed to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates.
Enhanced recovery program benefits frail colon and rectal surgery patients
This column describes the implementation of an enhanced recovery program for colon and rectal surgery patients at a not-for-profit, urban, tertiary care, Level I trauma center.
Implementation of a pediatric trauma cervical spine clearance pathway
The efficacy of a pediatric cervical spine clearance pathway developed by Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, is described.
Register for 2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference
Health care professionals dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019 Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. “The ACS Quality and Safety Conference is likely the leading conference dedicated […]
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.
Looking forward – March 2019
The importance of a value-based system of care is the focus of this month’s column—not only reduce health care spending but to improve patient outcomes
ACS NSQIP recognizes 83 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care
ACS NSQIP recognized 83 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2017.
A multidisciplinary approach reduces clostridium difficile infections in adult surgical patients
Researchers at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, conducted a quality improvement project to identify opportunities to reduce clostridium difficile infection.
Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Beginning your quality improvement journey
This final excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety provides an overview of the topics discussed in the manual.
Texas Children’s Hospital introduces standardized protocol to reduce pediatric baclofen pump infections
The Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, sought to address a comparatively high rate of implant-related infections by implementing a quality improvement plan following an analysis of pre- and post-protocol implementation outcomes of infection and complication rates.
Improving high-value care of ileocolic intussusception in a pediatric ED
This column describes an ileocolic intussusception quality improvement program launched at Seattle Children’s Hospital, WA.
South Miami Hospital implements strategies for prevention of SSI in bariatric surgery
Researchers at South Miami Hospital, FL, conducted a quality improvement project to determine best practices for reducing surgical site infections by enhancing preoperative patient skin antisepsis.
ACS NSQIP honors 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care
ACS NSQIP recognized 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2016.
RS3—the Montana Rural Surgery Support System—is a model for surgical care in rural CAHs
A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.
Looking forward – March 2017
In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the College’s commitment to key advocacy initiatives that ensure access to quality care for surgical patients, reduce health care costs, and promote meaningful change.