A new issue brief, titled “Better care for surgical patients: Recognizing and responding to the unexpected to save lives,” from the University of Michigan (U-M) Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) outlines key takeaways around how health care systems can prevent deaths following a major post-surgical complication (referred to as ‘failure to rescue’), and details the implications for policy and practice.
Through a project called MRescue, a team at U-M is working to develop and evaluate tools aimed at improving rescue after postsurgical complications that could be applicable across hospital settings. Expected outcomes include:
- developing an in-depth understanding of the key elements necessary for complication rescue,
- designing an intervention that promotes key elements for improving the rescue process, and
- pilot-testing and evaluating the intervention.
The results have the potential to inform interventions to reduce mortality in surgical patients.
For more information about the project, please visit: https://www.improvingsurgery.com/mrescue.