Posts tagged Outcomes
Study Finds Informed Patients Have Better Outcomes

Achieving a positive patient outcome is a primary objective for any surgical encounter. Many factors impact whether this goal is met. A recent study reported by FierceHealthcare.com indicates a successful outcome may have as much to do with the patient's knowledge and expectations as other factors. As a result, investments in patient education may produce more satisfied patients.

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Opioid Addiction Complicates Surgical Decisions

With the significant increase in the use of opioids, both prescribed and not prescribed, hospitals are experiencing new challenges determining appropriate treatment paths, including surgery, for patients abusing opioids. National Public Radio recently explored one specific challenge involving the treatment of opioid abusers diagnosed with endocarditis, an expensive condition to treat. 

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The Healing Power of Kindness

As many of us were growing up in early childhood, the word “kindness” was surely repeated multiple times a day. Simple quotes like “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” and “Kind words do not cost much; yet, they accomplish much.” were undoubtedly spoken by those hoping to instill this characteristic during our upbringing. Now, that same notion of kindness, which we learned many years ago, is being included in the healthcare system to improve patient care on many levels.

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Progress on Post-Op Pain

Reducing the amount of post-operative pain for patients has taken a significant stride forward over the last 10 years according to a recent survey conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. All participants had to first describe the satisfaction with the given pain treatment, and then rank the severity of any post-op pain before hospital discharge. Follow-up information was recorded one, two, and three weeks following the surgery as well.

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Study Shows Nighttime Not Always Right Time for Even Urgent Surgery

The urgency to perform a cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis has come into question following a recent study published by the American Journal of Surgery. The study found nighttime surgeries (7pm to 7am), were converted from lapto open procedures 11% of the time, while only 6% of daytime surgeries (7am to 7pm) were converted. Thus, this opens the discussion on whether the urgency to perform such surgeries is beneficial for both the patient and the hospital.

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