Surgery

Innovations

Cross-Division Surgical Group Conducts Quarterly Review as Supplement to Traditional Department-Specific Morbidity and Mortality Reviews, Leading to Lower Mortality Rates 09/18/14

As an adjunct to traditional division-specific morbidity and mortality reviews, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital created a “surgical quality group” made up of representatives from...

Web-Based System for Scheduling and Informed Consent Eliminates Surgical Delays and Problems Related to Consent Forms, Handwriting, and Equipment 09/17/14

In collaboration with a hospital Web development team, surgeons at Cambridge Health Alliance conceived and implemented an integrated electronic system to schedule elective surgical procedures and...

Safety-Net Hospital Enhances Access to Specialty Care by Immediately Notifying Surgical Oncologists About Patients With Imaging Results That Suggest Possible Gastrointestinal Malignancy 05/23/13

A county-owned safety-net provider, Parkland Hospital and Health System modified its electronic critical-results reporting system and related communication protocols and workflows so that the...

Simple, Patient-Friendly Informed Consent Process Increases Proportion of Patients Reading Form and Able to Describe Surgical Procedure 07/15/11

To support their overarching health literacy goals of improving interpersonal and written communication and creating a patient-centered care environment, UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health...

Smoking Cessation Intervention by Thoracic Surgeons Achieves Above Average Pre- and Postoperative Quit Rates 05/29/10

University of Virginia Health System thoracic surgeons who are also trained smoking cessation counselors spend roughly 10 minutes during pre- and postsurgery office visits to encourage patients to...

QualityTools

Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit 09/18/14

This toolkit is part of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery 2015 Initiative, which is using the Surgical Safety Checklist Program to help hospitals reduce surgical infections, major complications, and related deaths. The goal is to...

WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and Implementation Manual 2009 Edition 01/17/11

The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist reinforces accepted safety practices and fosters better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official...

Having Surgery? What You Need to Know: Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon 12/17/07

This booklet is for patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. It provides some questions patients can ask their primary care doctor and surgeon before having surgery as well as the reasons for asking these questions. This tool...

Ensuring Correct Surgery 12/17/07

This pamphlet will help patients understand what will happen before they undergo surgery.

This pamphlet describes what patients can expect during the following time frames:

  • Days to a couple of hours before the surgery
  • An...
Partnering With Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation 12/17/07

This guide will help transplant patients learn how to navigate the transplantation process. It can also serve as a journal during visits with the transplant team.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • The transplant...

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