Targeted Solutions Seek to Protect Colorectal Surgery Patients
NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: Telephone news conference featuring the participants in the Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Surgical Site Infection Project. The participants will speak about their initial successes in reducing the risk of this adverse event.
WHY: Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a major cause of patient injury and death that increase health care costs and prolong hospitalization. The seven hospitals and health systems that volunteered to address SSIs for patients having colorectal surgery and colorectal procedures as a critical patient safety problem will share their experiences in uncovering the contributing factors of SSIs and developing targeted solutions to reduce the risk of this common breakdown in care.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. PT
WHERE: Dial 1-800-311-9403; Pass code: 68463
WHO: Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission,Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Clifford Y. Ko, M.D., M.S., M.S.H.S., FACS, director, American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
Shirin Towfigh, M.D., FACS, director, Medical Student Education Program and attending surgeon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Jenna Lovely, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., surgical pharmacotherapy manager, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
Launched in 2009, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to transform American health care into a high-reliability industry that ensures patients receive the safest, highest quality care they expect and deserve. The Center’s participants – the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems – use a proven, systematic approach to analyze specific breakdowns in care and discover their underlying causes and then develop targeted solutions for health care’s most critical safety and quality problems. The Center is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, which shares the Center’s proven effective solutions with its more than 19,000 accredited health care organizations. Learn more about the Center at www.centerfortransforminghealthcare.org.
Elizabeth Eaken Zhani
Media Relations Manager
Manager of Public Information
American College of Surgeons