Applying critical pathways to neurosurgery patients at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

J. S. Richards, L. P. Sonda, E. Gaucher, M. J. Kocan, D. A. Ross

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Project Overview: In April 1990, The University of Michigan Hospitals began a major, multidisciplinary project to standardize care processes in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining the quality of clinical care. A team of nurses began the project by developing critical pathways for two neurosurgery procedures--lumbar laminectomy and transphenoidal pituitary tumor resection. The pathways were reviewed by physicians and other staff from other disciplines and were implemented in January of 1991. Key Findings: Data from the first 14 months show a decrease in patients' average lengths of stay in both the intensive care unit (ICU) and routine care unit. Costs and variance data are being analyzed and further improvements to the pathways are being made. Eleven critical paths are now being used for neurosurgery patients. In retrospect, participants learned that physicians should be involved at the earliest stages of critical pathway development and in the process of implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalThe Quality letter for healthcare leaders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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