More than 25,000 surgical procedures are scheduled annually at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as elective day-of-surgery admissions or outpatient procedures.
Research shows that preoperative anesthesia evaluation decreases patient complications, morbidity, and mortality. When we started work in this area, approximately 99 percent of the patients scheduled for surgical procedures at PCAM and HUP did not discuss the details of their medical history with an anesthesiologist until the day of their scheduled surgery. New information elicited during such interviews was causing inefficiencies in care such as delays and cancellations.
In looking to peer institutions, we found that many health systems attempt to address this complex issue with costly, resource-intensive preoperative anesthesia clinics that require patients to attend an additional office-based evaluation before their procedure.
PreOp+ is a screening program that shifts anesthesiologist involvement upstream to collect critical information weeks before a patient's surgery.
Patients are prompted to complete an evidence-based questionnaire administered on a tablet during patient admission testing (PAT) prior to surgery. The survey takes less than four minutes to complete and requires no clinical guidance. Results are pushed directly to the patient's medical record.
Patients flagged as high-risk are automatically triaged to an existing anesthesia consultation service so that the dialogue between anesthesiologists and surgeons about how to best prepare for a successful surgery can begin immediately.
PreOp+ delivers the value of a preoperative anesthesia clinic without disrupting clinical workflow, burdening patients, or adding additional cost. The tool drives better health outcomes, decreases delays and cancellations on the day of surgery, reduces poor patient experience, and saves the health system money.
PreOp+ has been in use at the PAT Center at PCAM since 2018.