North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) announced today that NAPA’s Jason R. Guercio, MD, was recently published in the February 2016 issue of TRANSFUSION Journal, a publication written by members of the American Association of Blood Bank (AABB). Dr. Guercio co-authored a featured article, “How do we develop and implement a preoperative anemia clinic designed to improve perioperative outcomes and reduce cost?”.
With anemia as the most common hematological problem in the preoperative patient, there is an associated risk of increased perioperative morbidity after surgery and blood transfusion rates. To effectively treat preoperative anemia, a patient must engage in advanced screening, diagnosis, and initiation of therapy weeks before elective surgery. In the article, the Duke Perioperative Enhancement Team (POET) redesigns the existing clinical care process related to the anemic patient. It describes a method for the rational development and implementation of a preoperative anemia clinic (PAC) using a systematic approach and strategy that can be easily adapted to serve the needs of other healthcare institutions.
“Care redesign efforts within and beyond the perioperative setting that involve identification of processes most amenable to improvement, rational financial, strategic and operational planning, and resultant implementation of best practices provide a means to both lower costs and improve health outcomes,” said Dr. Guercio. “The PAC will help advance the ‘triple aim’ agenda in perioperative medicine by diagnosing and treating anemia before surgery, which will reduce clinical risk and financial liability associated with anemia and subsequent perioperative blood transfusion.”
Jason R. Guercio, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at NAPA. Before joining the organization, he was an attending anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Guercio received his Doctor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Duke University Hospital and fulfilled the Management and Leadership Pathway fellowship at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. Dr. Guercio also obtained his Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from The Wharton School of Business, graduating with honors.
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The other co-authors of the article include Nicole R. Guinn, Thomas J. Hopkins, Aime Grimsley, Dinesh J. Kurian, Maria I. Jimenez, Michael P Bolognesi, Rebecca Schroeder, and Solomon Aronson.
About North American Partners in Anesthesia
As a clinician-led organization, North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) redefines healthcare, delivering daily unsurpassed excellence to its partners and patients. In three decades, NAPA has become the nation’s leading single-specialty anesthesia and perioperative management company, serving more than one million patients annually in more than 200 healthcare facilities throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southeast.
Our highly skilled clinicians participate in groundbreaking leadership development and customer service training programs to deliver optimal results to patients, surgeons, healthcare administrators, and staff. NAPA offers solutions driven by evidence-based outcomes to dramatically accelerate operational efficiencies, increase satisfaction ratings, and enhance safety and profitability through our exceptional perioperative leadership, research, innovations, and state-of-the-art technologies.