Patient Safety in the Operating Room

Graphic: Operating room patient safety requires meticulous instrument tracking solutions.A recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that potentially preventable medical errors that occur during surgery cost $1.5 billion a year, a number that is growing each year.  Of the more than 160,000 adult surgeries studied by AHRQ, 3% had at least one potentially preventable adverse event.  The adverse events ranged from technical problems and infections to acute respiratory failure and vascular problems. 

The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) is a national quality partnership of organizations committed to improving the safety of surgical care through the reduction of surgical complications. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to save lives by reducing the incidence of complications by 25 percent.

Participants in SCIP believe that a meaningful reduction in complications requires that surgeons, anesthesiologists, preoperative nurses, pharmacists, infection control professionals and hospital executives work together to make surgical care improvement a priority.

The SCIP partnership seeks to substantially reduce surgical mortality and morbidity through collaborative efforts. SCIP is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with a number of other national partners serving on the steering committee, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), The Joint Commission (TJC) and others.

Censis supports these efforts.  The very definition of quality and patient safety—the right care to the right patient at the right time—starts with the right instrument at the right place at the right time in the Operating Room.  That is the fundamental principle behind all of Censis® Technologies, Inc.'s Censitrac® Scalable Surgical Instrument Management solutions.

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