Tag Archive for ‘surgical outcomes’

Rural surgery and the volume dilemma

The debate over the relationship between volume and outcomes for rural surgeons is the focus of this month’s column.

ACS in the news

This summary features excerpts from external media outlets that covered the release of the results of the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees Trial (FIRST Trial).

Dr. Potts, Dr. Lewis, and Dr. Bilimoria

Looking forward – March 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the results of the landmark FIRST Trial to study the effects of resident work-hour restrictions, which suggest that resident training programs that allow trainees to work longer shifts or take less time off between shifts is not associated with increased risk of patient morbidity.

Dr. Bilimoria

FIRST Trial shows flexibility in resident work hours does not affect patient safety

Results of the FIRST Trial indicate that less restrictive work-hour policies resulted in no significant difference in residents’ self-reported satisfaction with their overall well-being and the quality of their training.

Dr. Bilimoria

Surgical Outcomes Club installs officers at October annual meeting

Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS, director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was installed as president of the Surgical Outcomes Club.

Sacramento Quality Forum

Health care leaders participate in ACS Quality Forum in Sacramento, CA

A panel of regional health care experts discussed the state of health care in Northern California and discussed examples of state and national quality improvement initiatives that have resulted in higher standards, reduced costs, and better outcomes.

Study examines effects of duty-hour reforms on surgical patients

Duty-hour restrictions have had no significant effect on the outcomes for general surgery patients, according to a study in the December 10, 2014, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Participants in the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region, from left to right: Drs. Lee and Hoyt; Mr. Anderson; Drs. Hartsaw, James, Mariani, Cochran, Sorenson, Ott, and Finlayson.

ACS hosts Inspiring Quality Forum in Utah

On October 3, a panel of regional health care experts discussed best practices for improving patient care and reducing costs during the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

ACS Inspiring Quality Forum in South Carolina focuses on surgical checklists

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, South Carolina on March 28. The event was part of a series of Inspiring Quality programs aimed at infusing community participation into the national discussion on surgical quality improvement. Speakers at the forum, which was presented in partnership with Safe Surgery 2015 and the South Carolina Hospital Association, examined the successes of the Surgical Safety Checklist and best practices now used in all of the state’s operating rooms.

ACS, Ohio health care leaders identify tools for improving health care quality, patient outcomes

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, Ohio—the 17th stop on the Inspiring Quality Tour—on March 28. A panel of health care leaders from several Ohio institutions discussed how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.

North Carolina IQ Forum participants identify challenges, opportunities in health care

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, North Carolina—the 16th stop on the Inspiring Quality Tour—on February 19. A panel of health care leaders from several North Carolina institutions discussed how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.

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