Quality Improvement

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February 2018
Home Safety/Quality > Quality Improvement

Study: Cloth skull caps more effective than bouffant disposable caps in preventing airborne contamination

Editor's Note Surgeon’s cloth skull caps that expose small amounts of the ears and hair are not inferior to bouffant disposable hats that cover those features, finds this study presented October 25 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego and published online October 26 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Study: Acetaminophen helps reduce postop shivering

Editor's Note Administering acetaminophen (Tylenol) during surgery may help reduce the incidence of postoperative shivering, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 37 patients scheduled for gynecologic surgery were randomly assigned to receive IV acetaminophen or a placebo after general…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Standardized ambulatory surgery protocol reduces postop pain, ED visits

Editor's Note Standardizing clinical processes for outpatient hernia repairs reduced postoperative pain and unplanned returns to the emergency department (ED), finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Researchers developed a standardized eight-step protocol that incorporated best practices and enhanced…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Patients overestimate postop pain they will experience

Editor's Note Patients significantly overestimate the amount of pain they will experience after surgery, which can cause unnecessary anxiety, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 223 patients completed a questionnaire before and after surgery to evaluate the level of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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ACS NSQIP recognizes 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes

  Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) on October 18 recognized 66 of 680 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016. ACS NSQIP hospitals are required to track outcomes for inpatient and outpatient…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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Effect of hospital-wide measure of readmissions for HRRP

Editor's Note Changing to a hospital-wide measure of readmissions for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) would result in only 76 more hospitals being eligible to receive penalties, but it would substantially increase the penalties for safety-net hospitals, this study finds. For the analysis, researchers used Medicare claims from 2011…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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Survey finds nearly three-quarters of physicians prefer fee-for-service models

Editor's Note A survey of 980 physicians in eight specialties by New York City-based Bain and Company found that 73% prefer fee-for-service rather than value-based care models because of concerns about the complexity and quality of care associated with value-based models, the October 12 Healthcare Informatics reports. More than 60%…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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Improved communication tools put PACU visitors at ease

About 8 years ago, Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland had a policy that required visitors to wait in the surgery waiting room at least 3 hours before being allowed to visit their loved ones. The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse was not expected to communicate with the family while…

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By: OR Manager
October 19, 2017
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ACS NSQIP pilot identifies geriatric–specific risk factors that affect surgical outcomes

Editor's Note A new pilot study from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) finds that adding geriatric-specific risk factors to traditional risk factors could significantly improve the ability of surgeons to predict poor surgical outcomes in older patients. The study involved 36,399 older surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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Frailty linked to increased morbidity after ambulatory general surgery

Editor's Note Frailty was associated with postoperative morbidity in patients having ambulatory general surgery procedures, independent of age, type of anesthesia, and other comorbidities, this study finds. In this study of 140,828 patients older than 40 years of age, frailty was associated with increased adjusted odds of 30-day morbidity after…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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