Keeping some operating rooms free for emergency surgery can save both money, lives, study suggests
Jul10

Keeping some operating rooms free for emergency surgery can save both money, lives, study suggests

Researchers have conducted a rigorous study of the health and economic impacts of delays in emergency surgery. Their results suggests that keeping some operating rooms free for emergency surgery can save both money and lives.

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Free Webinar: Using Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) to Enhance Postoperative Outcomes
May30

Free Webinar: Using Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) to Enhance Postoperative Outcomes

Speaker: Francesco Carli, MD, MPhil, senior staff anesthesiologist at the McGill University Health Centre
Date/Time: Tue, Jun 27, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe

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Swedish double-booked its surgeries, and the patients didn’t know
May28

Swedish double-booked its surgeries, and the patients didn’t know

Some of Swedish Health’s top neurosurgeons have routinely run multiple operating rooms at the same time while keeping patients in the dark about the practice, The Seattle Times has found. Swedish touts its patient outcomes and is clarifying its consent forms.

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Enhanced recovery after surgery program at Kaiser Permanente improves surgical outcomes
May10

Enhanced recovery after surgery program at Kaiser Permanente improves surgical outcomes

A comprehensive Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program implemented in Kaiser Permanente’s 20 Northern California medical centers involved nearly 9,000 surgical patients and resulted in a one-third relative reduction in postoperative complication rates and a 21 percent reduction in opioid prescribing rates. A study of the program, published today in JAMA Surgery, also showed decreased hospital mortality among colorectal resection patients and increased rates of home discharge over discharge to skilled nursing facilities among hip fracture patients.

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The Effect of Implementation of Preoperative and Postoperative Care Elements of a Perioperative Surgical Home Model on Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty or Knee Arthroplasty
May03

The Effect of Implementation of Preoperative and Postoperative Care Elements of a Perioperative Surgical Home Model on Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty or Knee Arthroplasty

On the basis of our preliminary findings, it appears that a PSH model with its expanded role of the anesthesiologist as the “perioperativist” can be associated with improvements in the operational outcomes of increased on-time surgery starts and reduced anesthesia-related delays and day-of-surgery case cancellations, and decreased selected costs in patients undergoing THA and TKA.

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Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations
Dec06

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General Hospital and spurred a national debate on patient safety.

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