Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes
Tomek says that when word about certain system processes that improved care was passed around to other participating hospitals, "there was a lot of pushback from surgeons."
"I'll be honest with you,"he adds. "We're trying to leverage these results to influence change. ... It's an uphill push because in some cases, having a dedicated team is not aligned with what nursing or anesthesiology might want to do. We're hoping this paper will be a catalyst to say, Look, this does make a difference.”
Since the results on knee procedures were circulated, 11 other health systems have agreed to adopt the approach. They are Baylor Health Care System, Beaumont Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System, MaineHealth, Providence Health & Services, Scott & White Healthcare, Sutter Health, UCLA Health System, University of Iowa Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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