Failure to Rescue: What Makes a Great Institution
With the dramatic advances in medical knowledge and technology, surgeons are being asked to care for an increasingly more complex and challenging population. Most of these procedures are well-executed with life-changing outcomes for our patients. However, even in the hands of the most skilled operators, increasing patient underlying morbidity can result in procedural complications. It is the ability to manage—or “rescue”—patients from these complications that can distinguish great institutions. Failure to rescue is defined as death following a surgical complication. Three decades of research has shown that failure to rescue rates depend not only on the underlying disease state of the patient, but on the processes of care within the institution performing the procedure. This webinar is designed to help clinicians and administrators alike understand not only the definition of failure to rescue, but how it can be measured and, most importantly, how it can be used as a metric to improve the quality of care that we provide for our patients.