Optimizing the Cardiac Clearance Process in Head & Neck Surgery by Julia Noel

Receiving clearance forms and instructions less than 1 week in advance of surgery can result in time intensive and herculean staff efforts to avoid surgery cancellation or issues. This has implications for patient safety and cancer outcomes as well as resource utilization. We chose this project to focus on because of the direct impact on our workflow and was able to be intervened upon in a meaningful way.

Decreasing Time in ICU & Time to Mobility in Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Patients by Adam Andruska

Cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) patients require highly coordinated care by numerous services in the intensive care unit (ICU) after surgery. Complications in this time period increase morbidity, are costly, and significantly increase time spent in the ICU. We set out to shorten the time between cardiothoracic surgery and the patient ambulating with physical therapy as a marker for appropriate patient progress. Delays in time to ambulation after surgery reflect both patient complications and systems issues preventing progression. Our goal was to improve the percentage of patients ambulating on postoperative day one from 60% to greater than 70%.

Reducing Unproductive Visits for Thyroid Cancer Patients – Kaniksha Desai

The Problem: Patients with thyroid cancer were often arriving for their follow up visits without necessary labs or imaging leading to an unproductive visit. This information would need to be reviewed at a later time asynchronously with the patient, leading to delays in treatment and inefficient workflow. As we sought to understand the different causes of this problem, we prioritized […]