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Using a surgical safety checklist saves lives, according to an international study

By Dr. George Molina The use of a surgical safety checklist was associated with a lower 30-day postoperative mortality rate after emergency abdominal surgery compared with the same operations performed at hospitals that did not have a checklist, according to a recent study by the GlobalSurg Collaborative in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS). This… Continue reading Using a surgical safety checklist saves lives, according to an international study

Read Dr. Atul Gawande’s testimony before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on serious illness

  Ariadne Labs Executive Director Dr. Atul Gawande testified on June 23 before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on how we, as a nation, can improve care for individuals with serious illness. The hearing, “The Right Care at the Right Time: Ensuring Person-Centered Care for Individuals with Serious Illness.” was led by Committee Chair… Continue reading Read Dr. Atul Gawande’s testimony before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on serious illness

Atul Gawande to Caltech graduates: Science is not a major, it’s a commitment to a way of thinking

Ariadne Labs Executive Director Dr. Atul Gawande delivered the 2016 Commencement address at the California Institute of Technology June 10, telling graduates that as the newest member of the scientific community they “also inherit a role in explaining it and helping it reclaim territory of trust at a time when that territory has been shrinking.” In his… Continue reading Atul Gawande to Caltech graduates: Science is not a major, it’s a commitment to a way of thinking

Five years of Lifebox: 10 million stories of safer surgery

By Sarah Kessler Lifebox Foundation is the only NGO in the world devoted to safer surgery in low-resource countries. An independent charity led by Ariadne Labs Executive Director Atul Gawande, we deliver targeted interventions that support effective use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in some of the most challenging surgical environments around the world.… Continue reading Five years of Lifebox: 10 million stories of safer surgery

Supportive coaching and collaborative learning: A scalable solution for improving quality in ambulatory surgery centers

By Emily George, RN, BSN, MPH In the past three decades in the United States, there has been a significant shift in surgical volume from inpatient to outpatient settings, including both hospital outpatient departments and free-standing Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). As this trend became more visible, Ariadne Labs partnered with Agency for Healthcare Research and… Continue reading Supportive coaching and collaborative learning: A scalable solution for improving quality in ambulatory surgery centers

New Safe Surgery Checklist Implementation Guide offers a practical framework for success with the Safe Surgery Checklist

Ariadne Labs’ most established and well-recognized work has been improving the safety of surgery worldwide with the Safe Surgery Checklist. Developed with the World Health Organization and now used in some 50 million of 300 million operations performed globally, the checklist has been shown to reduce surgical complications and mortality by 18 to 47 percent.… Continue reading New Safe Surgery Checklist Implementation Guide offers a practical framework for success with the Safe Surgery Checklist

Designing a checklist that makes surgery safer for children

By Mary Brindle, M.D., MPH One of our projects at Ariadne Labs is to better understand how physicians and nurses have been using checklists to make surgery safer for children. I am a pediatric surgeon on sabbatical in Boston this year. I normally work in Calgary, Alberta, one of the largest cities in Canada. In… Continue reading Designing a checklist that makes surgery safer for children

Redesigned Serious Illness Conversation Guide supports more, better and earlier conversations about what matters most

Ariadne Labs recently released a streamlined and redesigned Conversation Guide, the centerpiece of our Serious Illness Care Program. Serious Illness Care Program Director Dr. Susan Block shared some insights and background about the purpose of the guide and its redesign. Q: What is the Serious Illness Conversation Guide? A.: The Serious Illness Care Program supports… Continue reading Redesigned Serious Illness Conversation Guide supports more, better and earlier conversations about what matters most

Razing Research Silos

By Rose Molina, MD I am an obstetrician/gynecologist and my husband, George Molina, is a resident in general surgery. Recently we saw our specialties converge, and I found myself answering an interesting question: “Does George want to switch specialties?” George and a group of fellow surgeons at Ariadne Labs and Stanford published a JAMA article… Continue reading Razing Research Silos

Medicare payment for end-of-life care signals a first step – we can do more for those with serious illness

By Joanna Paladino, MD and Justin Sanders, MD Systematic deficiencies in how we care for those with serious illness in our country are increasingly evident, to doctors, patients, and their families. After decades of stops and starts, policy makers have finally recognized the importance of federal action to increase conversations about end-of-life wishes as a… Continue reading Medicare payment for end-of-life care signals a first step – we can do more for those with serious illness