Texas hospital adopts opioid-reduction program, improves surgical outcomes — 3 highlights

Midland (Texas) Health's Midland Memorial Hospital successfully adopted a preoperative optimization and opioid-reduction program, the New Haven Register reports.

Three highlights:

1. MMH participates in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, which is a collaboration between CMS and the American College of Surgeons. The voluntary program collects surgical performance data from more than 600 U.S. hospitals, allowing MMH to benchmark outcomes.

2. MMH's surgical program compares favorably with others across the country, the hospital reported. It performs at or above benchmarks for postsurgical readmissions, prolonged need for respiratory support with a ventilator, and postsurgical complications involving infections.

3. Specifically, the opioid-reduction initiative has lowered postsurgical complications such as nausea and vomiting, enabling faster recovery and discharge.

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