Context-Clinical pathways have been used in many acute hospital settings.Objectives-To develop a systematic approach to postoperative care of adult recipients of deceased donor kidney transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.Design and Setting-A pilot quality improvement project that uses implementation of a clinical pathway 24 hours after surgery for adult recipients of a deceased donor kidney transplant for 7 months. Charts from the same 7 months of the preceding year were retrospectively reviewed for comparison. The project occurred on the transplant floor in an acute care hospital and did not include any patients admitted to the intensive care unit.Main Outcome Measures-To demonstrate that clinical pathways can (1) promote a method for standardizing postoperative care, (2) decrease postoperative length of stay, and (3) contain costs by minimizing hospital charges related to laboratory and room fees and promote efficient medication use in adult recipients of a deceased donor kidney transplant.Results-All 24 patients in the clinical pathway group met daily goals of the implemented clinical pathway. The clinical pathway group had statistically significant decreases in postoperative length of stay, use of laboratory tests, and use of intravenous medications compared with the comparison group. The 2 groups were similar in race, sex, age, and body mass index. Surgical readmissions did not differ significantly between the 2 groups.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Progress in Transplantation|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2011|
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