Many patients today are entering the operating room with multiple factors that can cause disruptive bleeding during surgery. And when this complication occurs, it can adversely affect treatment outcomes, hospital costs and resources.1
The good news is that when adjunctive hemostats are used, the burden on patients and hospital resources can be reduced.2 That’s why ETHICON, through the Johnson & Johnson Institute, provides customized education and training to help surgeons, nurses and administrators understand the most appropriate hemostat to use given the surgical site and situation. In the past year, this training has been delivered to more than 700 U.S. healthcare providers (HCPs).
The need for this type of education is more important than ever. A growing number of surgical patients are considered at high risk for surgical bleeding because of existing comorbidities, coagulopathies (bleeding conditions), or the use of anticoagulants.
“Today, complexities in patient bleeding profiles can present new challenges in bleeding management regardless of the surgeon's experience and technical skills,” said Grayson Wheatley, MD, a Cardiovascular Surgeon in Nashville, TN, who is part of the course faculty. “Understanding the tools and techniques to address potential bleeding situations is critical to minimizing complications and improving patient outcomes.”
On-Demand Educational Resources
HCPs can access on-demand learning about bleeding management at JNJInstitute.com. The educational content includes videos, webinars and resources featuring surgeon experts from across a range of specialties. The learning takes an evidence-based approach to help HCPs select the most appropriate hemostat based on the surgical challenge and patient’s coagulation status. You can tailor your learning in the JNJInstitute library by easily enrolling and having access to hundreds of modules. This includes continuing education (CE) courses for nurses that can be used to maintain a license or certification requirement. The courses are credentialed through the California Board of Nursing, license # 10827 and are provided at no charge.
“Through the Johnson & Johnson Institute, ETHICON is committed to educating healthcare providers on how the right hemostatic solution can help to improve patient outcomes and reduce procedural costs and variability,” said Laura Spalla, Manager, U.S. Professional Education - ETHICON. "On our website, HCPs can access online training and webinars to improve skills and knowledge about bleeding management or take part in virtual events that allow them to connect with peers to share knowledge and experience.”
1. Stokes ME, Ye X, Shah M, et al. Impact of bleeding-related complications and/or blood product transfusions on hospital costs in inpatient surgical patients. BMC Health Services Research. 2011;11:135-148.
2. Corral M, Hollmann S, Ferko N, et al. Health and economic consequences of controlled versus uncontrolled surgical bleeding in patients treated with haemostatic agents: a retrospective analysis of the premier perspective database. Clinico Economics and Outcomes Research 22 July 2015.
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