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SURGICAL SAFETY

HAVE WE DONE ALL WE CAN TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SURGERY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Shortening time to get to trauma care, preventing bloodstream infections and blood clot formation, weaning people off ventilators as soon as possible- all these practices were discussed as the recent surgical safety meeting at Johns Hopkins as helping improve outcomes. Julie Frieschlag, chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins, says now attention should also be paid to patients themselves.

FREISCHLAG: What is left that is critical to our success? And our success means preventing patients from dying and preventing patients from having bad complications that prevent them from returning to who they were before. And I think we touched on it a bit, one, patients have to be educated and they have to be as healthy as they can be. We need to make sure people understand they do have impact on their outcomes by staying healthy, not smoking, exercising, and being as healthy as they can be prior to their operation is very important. :30

So improve your likelihood of successful surgery by taking charge of your own health. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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