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Preventing Death Following Surgical Complications

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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: 

  1. developing an in-depth understanding of the key elements necessary for complication rescue, 
  2. designing an intervention that promotes key elements for improving the rescue process, and 
  3. 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: