Strong for Surgery is an initiative aimed at identifying and evaluating evidence-based practices to optimize the health of patients prior to surgery.  

Over the next few years Strong for Surgery aims to work with stakeholders from across the state to raise awareness to key factors in pre-surgical care that can improve post-operative outcomes. The quality improvement tools generated by this initiative will help hospitals, clinicians, and patients to implement best practices toward optimizing patient health.

The first Strong for Surgery initiative addresses pre-operative nutrition intervention, a priority topic identified by SCOAP clinicians and quality leaders. Nutritional status is a major determinant of outcome for the high-risk surgical patient and is one of the most important pre-operative predictors of outcome in any type of surgery.

The objectives of Strong for Surgery’s smoking cessation initiative are to educate clinical staff and patients about the added risk smoking contributes to negative surgical outcomes (e.g., surgical site infections, hospital readmissions) and to provide information about smoking cessation options. 

Led by Medical Director Dr. Tom Varghese, the SCOAP and CERTAIN team works with SCOAP clinicians, their practices and communities of patients to address pre-operative nutritional status. As important healthcare stakeholders and supporters of SCOAP, we invite you to join us in this campaign. 

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