What should patients be discussing with their surgeons to prepare for an upcoming procedure? Do certain steps before surgery ensure better outcomes? Strong for Surgery has developed four preoperative checklists to be used in clinics, hospitals and among surgical teams statewide. Simple steps such as optimizing your nutrition or medications, stopping smoking and regulating blood sugar levels can decrease the chance for infection, as well as improve recovery from surgery. See preview checklists and find out more information at the Strong for Surgery web site.
Strong for Surgery is a joint initiative of CERTAIN, a program of the University of Washington, and the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP), a program of the non-profit Foundation for Health Care Quality.