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Items Tagged ‘surgical outcomes’

January 9, 2019

Why doctors might need to go back to 6th grade

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

When you leave the hospital, following an injury, stroke, surgery or other event, you are loaded down with paper. You receive instructions on how to take care of your body. They tell you how to prepare your home and your family. Other pages include directions on what medication to take, when and how. For example, […]

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Tags: Asad Choudhry, care transitions, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Martin Zielinski, surgical outcomes


August 3, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, opioids, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, Tad Mabry


March 9, 2017

Researchers study benefits of stretching ‘microbreaks’ for surgeons

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Many surgeons spend prolonged periods in awkward positions, which increases safety concerns for patients, and can lead to long term medical ailments and burnout for doctors. So Mayo Clinic researchers have a team of surgeons performing “microbreaks” of 90 seconds or two minutes of stretching every 20 to 40 minutes. The result for many surgeons […]

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Tags: population health, surgical outcomes


July 5, 2016

The July Phenomenon

By Meghan Knoedler meghanknoedler

“Never go to the hospital in July,” a phrase often repeated by patients; and perpetuated by a myriad of hospital employees, casts a worrisome tone over care received in July. Thus we hear of the “July Phenomenon.” This is because each July 1 is the start of the medical residency year. A day full of […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, surgical outcomes


October 20, 2015

What others are saying…Mayo Clinic and value-based care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

A collaborative study co-led by breast surgeon Judy Boughey, M.D.; surgical outcomes researcher Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D.; and pathologist Gary Keeney, M.D.; that was published more than a year ago, is making news again this month. Impact of analysis of frozen-section margin on reoperation rates in women undergoing lumpectomy for breast cancer: Evaluation of the National […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, surgical outcomes


June 9, 2015

Surgical Outcomes – A Focus Area for Continuous Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

“A surgical procedure should be planned so that the patient, with the least possible risk and loss of time, will receive the greatest possible benefit.” -Dr. Charlie Mayo, 1930. The field of Surgical Outcomes Research is often traced back to Dr. Ernest Codman, who self-published A Study of Hospital Efficiency: As Demonstrated by the Case Report […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, surgical outcomes


February 3, 2015

“One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Apply to Quality Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

In an era of rising health care costs, and continuing efforts to improve value for patients nationwide, we have seen the rise of a number of quality improvement and reporting efforts. In his study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, David Etzioni, M.D., and his team, illustrated that seeking a standardized […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, David Etzioni, surgical outcomes


June 19, 2014

Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery Resident Wins 1st Prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation

By bobnellis bobnellis

Mayo Clinic plastic surgery resident Sebastian Winocour, M.D., has won first prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation at the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons  annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Winocour presented findings of a Mayo surgical quality improvement study aimed at preventing the death of skin on the breast, called breast skin necrosis, after mastectomy with […]

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Tags: breast cancer, surgery, surgical outcomes


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