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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Plano: Premier AEIX Winner

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been honored by the Premier health care alliance as a winner of the “2010 Premier Patient Safety and Risk Management” award.

Texas Health Plano received the award for Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Patients at Risk for Post-Surgical Complications. Obstructive sleep apnea, caused by an obstruction of the airway, is characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep. It affects 4 percent of men and 2 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 70, but it is 90 percent undiagnosed or underdiagnosed. Patients with the condition have an increased risk of breathing difficulties after surgery.

In order to better identify surgical patients who may not realize they have the condition, Texas Health Plano developed a program to screen patients in pre-operative areas for obstructive sleep apnea. The hospital also shared the screening practice with other hospitals throughout the Texas Health system. As a result, Texas Health hospitals have consistently increased identification of patients at risk for breathing problems after surgery and decreased the incidence of post-operative respiratory failure.

I congratulate Texas Health Plano for its dedication to programs that continually improve the safety of our patients.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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