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Daley Presents on Quality Improvement Standards Related to Surgical Duration

Brian J. Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, Professor of Surgery, presented "How Slow is too Slow? Correlation of Operative Time to Complications — An Analysis from the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative" with Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC) co-authors William Cecil, MBA; P. Chris Clarke, RN; Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS; and Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, FACS, at the Southern Surgical Annual Meeting in December. This presentation highlights the increased risk of complications from longer duration procedures and continues the TSQC’s effort to improve surgical care for Tennesseans.  The University of Tennessee Medical Center is one of the founding institutions of the TSQC, which now has 21 Tennessee hospitals. The medical center has employed TSQC quality improvement projects based on the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), which earlier this year demonstrated substantial reduced deaths and complications and promoted financial savings across Tennessee over the four years of the TSQC.  Surgeons’ quality improvement efforts at the medical center will also be highlighted at the Southeastern Surgical Congress in February of 2015 where further successful and novel TSQC programs applied here in Knoxville will be reported by Dr. Daley.

Posted January 7, 2015


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