Liver transplantation at the ochsner clinic: Quality and outcomes improvement

Therapondos, George, Bohorquez, Humberto, Bruce, David S., Bzowej, Natalie H., Carmody, Ian C., Cohen, Ari J., Girgrah, Nigel, Joshi, Shobha, Reichman, Trevor W. and Loss, George E. (2013) Liver transplantation at the ochsner clinic: Quality and outcomes improvement. Ochsner Journal, 13 3: 413-418.

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Author Therapondos, George
Bohorquez, Humberto
Bruce, David S.
Bzowej, Natalie H.
Carmody, Ian C.
Cohen, Ari J.
Girgrah, Nigel
Joshi, Shobha
Reichman, Trevor W.
Loss, George E.
Title Liver transplantation at the ochsner clinic: Quality and outcomes improvement
Journal name Ochsner Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1524-5012
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 413
End page 418
Total pages 6
Place of publication New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
Publisher Ochsner Clinic
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Background: In 2005, the results published by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients showed that Ochsner Clinic Foundation's patient and graft survival rates were statistically lower than expected, and the United Network for Organ Sharing Membership and Professional Standards Committee placed our center under peer review. Methods: In response, patient outcomes prior to August 2005 were carefully reviewed in a transparent fashion and protocols were written to standardize treatments. We renewed the focus on patient-related outcomes and regulatory adherence and empowered frontline staff to express their views, allowing for real teamwork to develop. Multiple changes were implemented in the everyday running of the program. A quality assurance and performance improvement plan (QAPI) was initiated to improve outcomes. Results: In 2012, the Ochsner liver transplant program became the largest liver transplant program in the United States by volume and in 2013 was awarded the prestigious CareChex award, acknowledging it as the number one program in terms of quality of care and outcomes for liver transplantation. Conclusion: The methodical application of this QAPI program achieved a remarkable transformation of the Ochsner liver transplant program and exemplifies what is possible with strong teamwork from dedicated and talented staff.
Keyword Liver transplantation
Outcome assessment
Patient safety
Quality assurance-health care
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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