News Ben Brown | 7 years ago

Improving Patient Safety in the Operating Room

On Aug. 6, Atrium Health held its fifth annual Quality & Service Sharing Day, an event that recognizes innovative projects by employees that lead to higher-value care and a better patient experience. Employees submitted a record-breaking 240 applications, with 84 selected as top projects. One top project involved replacing surgical supplies in operating rooms to improve the healing of patients undergoing surgery. The project led to changes in the type of mesh physicians across the organization used during open ventral hernia repair surgeries, improving patient recovery and health after surgery. A clinician at Carolinas Medical Center analyzed data from over 5,700 surgeries and compared the type of mesh used with wound complications, infection and hernia recurrence. Because of the findings, certain mesh types were replaced with safer options in operating rooms across the System. Clinicians at Atrium Health also created a mobile app that helps reduce the risk of complications after hernia surgery. The Carolinas Equation for Defining Adjusted Risk (CeDAR) app predicts a patient’s risk of wound complications and associated charges after hernia repair. To help patients before surgery, a Atrium Health “Surgical Boot Camp” helps high-risk patients lose weight and control their diabetes and smoking. This is done by a team of counselors, dieticians and physicians who coordinate the patient’s care for six weeks before hernia repair surgery.   Learn more at our Hernia Center