Perioperative care plans: critical tools in improving care and reducing costs in the surgical environment

As patients move from caregiver to caregiver, across venues and disciplines, their care plan and documentation can be left behind. This creates knowledge gaps that can lead to treatment inconsistencies, redundancies and even clinical errors.

The perioperative environment should be a key focus of healthcare leaders for the financial implications of process and outcome improvement. Hospitalizations that include a surgical procedure – about 29 percent of all U.S. hospitalizations – account for nearly half of all hospital costs, according to the Agency for Research and Quality [2011 figures]. As will be shown, perioperative care impacts an organization’s ability to meet a great number of the demands of health reform.

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