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Second NeuroSafe symposium takes “time out to reflect on quality & safety in neurosurgery”

NeuroSafe 2017 Audience
July 21, 2017

NeuroSafe 2017, the second annual quality and safety symposium hosted by the U’s Department of Neurosurgery, convened Thursday, July 20, at the McNamara Alumni Center on campus. The two-day symposium is designed to foster meaningful interaction with neurosurgical professionals throughout North America about improving the specialty’s quality and safety.

“You think seven years is a long time, but it flies by”— a neurosurgical resident’s reflections about her time at the U

Graduation 2017
July 3, 2017

Author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink, The Tipping Point, etc.) once said, “In cognitively demanding fields, there are no naturals. Nobody walks into an operating room straight out of a surgical rotation and does world-class neurosurgery.” And no one knows this better than a neurosurgical resident.

"Meet some of the local doctors who are helping change medicine." Five Neurosurgery Department physicians make 2017 Top Doctors list

2016 Neurosurgery Department Top Docs
July 3, 2017

The Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors list was recently released. We are proud to announce that five of our doctors were included on the list.

NeuroSafe 2017 program to address wide range of quality and safety issues in neurosurgery

NeuroSafe 2017 Program Cover
June 30, 2017

Researchers and neurosurgeons from across the country will soon gather in Minnesota for this year’s NeuroSafe symposium. The two-day event, July 20-21, 2017, will spark conversations about numerous ways to improve the quality and safety of neurosurgery.

Keynote speakers and their topics include:

Department welcomes two new employees: Christina Ritter and Bob Dickhausen

Welcome
June 21, 2017

The Neurosurgery Department recently added new members to its nursing and clinic scheduling staff. Nurse Practitioner Dr. Christina Ritter rejoined the department and Bob Dickhausen is the latest addition to the clinic scheduling staff.

Training on new surgical methods or instruments to improve operative safety? Small potatoes when compared to improving OR communication, says NeuroSafe 2017 keynote

NeuroSafe 2017 Logo
June 16, 2017

Would it surprise you to learn that most operating room errors are due to the overall healthcare system and not the surgeon? “People often think that if you’re a good surgeon, that’s enough to keep patients safe,” said John D. Rolston, MD, PhD, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco* (UCSF). “Turns out that only about a quarter of OR errors are generated by the surgeon’s technical skills.”

Department uses novel approach to build on previous study’s “astounding results” in new spinal cord stimulation trial

E-STAND Image
June 15, 2017

These days, smartphone applications invite ordinary citizens to become research assistants by mapping neurons, studying phytoplankton, or documenting wildlife. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Neurosurgery Department are harnessing that trend by using epidural stimulation and a HIPAA-compliant game to help spinal cord injury patients who are unable to move their legs.

Family, friends, faith – and a UMMC care team – help a patient recover

Judy and Le Roy Penas
June 14, 2017

It was about 11 p.m. on November 30, 2015. Glencoe, MN, farm resident Judy Penas and her husband, Le Roy, had just finished watching a ball game on TV. As they were getting ready for bed, Judy was suddenly struck by the worst headache of her life. “I couldn’t lay down, I couldn’t stand, I couldn’t maneuver,” she said. “I knew something was terribly wrong.” She told Le Roy to call the ambulance, and then he knew something was wrong as well. Judy wasn’t much of a “doctor person.”

Plagiocephaly program makes it easier for parents to get their baby’s head shape issues accurately diagnosed, treated

U of M Masonic Children's Hospital
June 14, 2017

To help streamline and improve patient experience, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital combined three different specialties – Pediatric Neurosurgery, Orthotics and Physical Therapy – into a “one-stop shop” and officially opened the Discovery Clinic’s Plagiocephaly Program, June 12, 2017. The program will see patients the second and fourth Mondays of the month. “We’re all excited to work on this,” said Pediatric Neurosurgery Department Nurse Practitioner Leah Kann.

Can you balance a patient’s needs against those of a resident and still provide high-quality, efficient care? NeuroSafe 2017 keynote speaker believes you can

Ahmed M. T. Raslan, MD
June 8, 2017

As a practicing neurosurgeon, Ahmed M.T. Raslan, MD, defines healthcare quality and its value based on the customer – the patient. “In the new model of value-based healthcare, the quality that matters is what matters to the patient,” he said. Some aspects of what matters to a patient would include safety, access, and long-term outcome, according to Raslan.

But as an Assistant Professor in the Neurological Surgery Department of Oregon Science & Health University (OSHU) in Portland, he has another customer – the student. “How do you serve both these customers and still produce a high-quality outcome,” Raslan asks.

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