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 of 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 for surgery.
The first Strong for Surgery initiative addressed 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.