“Based on its successful implementation of a High Performance Team (HPT) in Vascular Surgery, Boston Medical Center (BMC) will apply its Innovation Grant to create a network of HPTs throughout the institution to reduce medical errors and post-operative complications.”
“When two Boston University School of Medicine students, Andrew Chu and Samir Haroon, proposed a smartphone application to support ICOUGH, we could not have imagined how well patients and staff would receive the app or how effective it might be. The results are especially impressive in our safety net hospital, Boston Medical Center, where one-quarter of patients do not speak English and racial and ethnic minorities constitute 70% of all patients,” noted Dr. David McAneny, vice chair of the department of surgery and principal investigator of the original ICOUGH study.”
High Marks for Quality of Surgical Care
Built by surgeons for surgeons, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP®) program is designed to measure and improve the quality of surgical care while reducing complications and costs. Boston Medical Center was one of only 56 institutions (out of 722) recognized for delivering high-quality care in two categories: “All Cases” and “High Risk” cases.
“Researchers at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass., reported that they lowered the frequency of deep venous thromboses—blood clots in a deep vein, usually in a lower extremity—by 84 percent two years after the prevention efforts began, compared with the results two years before the program. The occurrence of pulmonary emboli, or blood clots that travel to the lungs, fell by 55 percent in the same period, according to study authors.”
“A simple and inexpensive postoperative pulmonary care program known as “I COUGH” SM reduces the likelihood of those life-threatening and costly complications, researchers from Boston University Medical Center reported today at the 2012 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Annual Clinical Congress.”