Department of Surgery News and Stories

Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

Patient Care    Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

Reducing Catheter-Caused UTIs in Surgery Patients 

When they realized their number of patients with urinary tract infections caused by urinary catheters was tracking above the national average, urologic oncologist Janet Kukreja, MD, and Shannon Bortolotto, APRN, clinical nurse specialist at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, knew they had to take action. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 01, 2022
Full Story

Research    Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    Quality and Clinical Effectiveness   

Multidisciplinary Team Designs Novel Mask in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ideas and innovation don’t always co-exist with convenience. On the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the road to a novel mask design to address the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic took some unexpected twists and turns.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 08, 2021
Full Story

Research    Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

Practicing Fire Safety in the Operating Room

Edward Jones, MD, MS, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized expert on preventing operating room (OR) fires.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 13, 2021
Full Story

Research    Patient Care    Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

Safety and Quality Are a Primary Focus for the CU Department of Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the safety of patients during surgery. But long before the concerns brought on by coronavirus, the CU Department of Surgery was working to make patient safety a priority.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 06, 2021
Full Story

Department of Surgery In the News


How Bladder Cancer Differs in Women and Younger Adults

news outletTIME
Publish DateNovember 15, 2022

Men are three to four times more likely than women to develop bladder cancer, but the disease tends to be deadlier in females. Why?

Full Story
MedPage Today

Post-Op Pain Control More Challenging for Cannabis Users

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateOctober 22, 2022

Cannabis users reported somewhat worse postoperative pain compared with people who did not use cannabis before surgery, according to a recent study.

Full Story

Pediatric Heart Transplant Waiting Times Rose During Pandemic, but Mortality Did Not

news outletHealio
Publish DateOctober 07, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the wait for pediatric heart transplants was longer than before the pandemic, but waiting list mortality did not change.

Full Story
Pharmacy Times

Addressing Certain Risk Factors May Decrease Likelihood of a Patient With a Liver Transplant Returning to Operating Room

news outletPharmacy Times
Publish DateSeptember 20, 2022

Certain risk factors can increase the risk of liver transplant patients needing to return to the operating room (R-OR) within 2 days of their original surgery.

Full Story