Posts tagged Safety
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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Performing Emergency Surgeries Increases both Cost and Mortality

When was the last time you evaluated the costs associated with surgery in your hospital? More specifically, have you evaluated those costs in an innovative way? New research that was published in the Annals of Surgery has taken one angle on addressing the rising cost of healthcare, and it seems that the findings may significantly alter costs and mortality rates for years to come.  This would be welcoming to an industry in which costs and better outcomes have been pushed to the forefront due to the Affordable Healthcare Act. Keep reading to determine if the innovative approach is right for your hospital.

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A "Black Box" for Surgery

In the not so distant future, when a patient goes in for surgery, the eyes of the surgeon may not be the only ones watching. The aviation industry's approach to error-analysis is being brought to surgery with the recent development of a "black box" to monitor every aspect of the OR.Canadian surgeonDr. Grantcharov's black box will capture video from surgeons’ imaging equipment and a mounted wall camera in an effort to help ORs find out why complications arise.

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Don't Forget The Checklist, Doc

Here's a new approach for ensuring compliance with surgical safety checklists - get the patient involved. According to a recent study conducted at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, providing the surgical patient with the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist prior to the surgery, with a place for the surgeon to sign it, pledging to follow it, dramatically increases compliance. It also made the patient feel safer, knowing there was a checklist to be followed. Tulane undertook the study as they sought ways to increase compliance with the use of the checklist. Compliance is important, because it is well accepted use of the checklist reduces complications.

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