Allied Anesthesia physicians have undertaken a clinical pathways initiative to reduce the amount of time patients spend in post-op following the six most common surgeries performed at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.
The pain control guidelines are designed to standardize best practices, reduce costs and improve patient safety and outcomes.
Dr. Yost explains, “Allied’s contributions to St. Joseph’s Hospital and its patients extend well beyond the scope of the typical anesthesiology practice. Our physicians work tirelessly to identify areas for improvement and team up with talented surgeons, nurses, technicians and administrators to develop and implement institutional changes to improve the quality of care at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the bottom line.”
The clinical pathways project is just one of a number of initiatives Allied physicians have undertaken in recent years to improve the quality of care at St. Joseph and the bottom line.
Others have included:
- Enhanced teamwork and communication among physicians, nurses and technicians resulted in immediate and obvious improvements in the ease and speed of patient flow.
- Increased percentage of patient charts completed 48 hours prior to surgery, from a baseline of 25 percent to more than 80 percent.
- Educated surgeons’ offices about the importance of making sure each patient’s paperwork and test results arrive at the Preoperative Assessment and Testing Service Center 48 hours before surgery.
- Revised testing protocols and guidelines to eliminate all unnecessary preoperative testing.
- Created an OR coordinator position to work with the OR nurse manager to improve the efficiency of daily OR operations.
- Implemented a “SuperUser” program to fill the gap left by a 45 percent reduction in anesthesia technicians.
As we continue to serve our patients, we are always working to improve our process. We believe that patient comfort and safety are among the most vital components of quality health care.