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New issue of Harvard Public Health Review focuses on global health

For many years, experts seeking to quantify the “global burden of disease”—delineating what ails people, when, and where—failed to account for how lack of access to surgery fits into the picture. But in the April 2015 issue of Harvard Public Health Review…

A call for more access to surgery worldwide

Two-thirds of the world’s population—about five billion people—have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. In an April 26, 2015 Lancet article, Atul Gawande of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health put a…

Surgical complications are top reason for hospital readmissions

Problems related to surgery—mostly from surgical wound infections—are the most common reason that people wind up readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study. Patient safety expert Lucian Leape says such complications are a significant problem that causes much pain and…

Developing better ways to measure hospital safety

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high rates of adverse events among patients—such as hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, or surgical mishaps—are now subject to penalty from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the new rules, large,…

Prostate cancer: surgery vs. watchful waiting

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Boston, MA -- More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining their course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate. A new study by…

19 steps to safer surgery

[ Fall 2008 ] The World Health Organization's surgical checklist view full-size pdf of the WHO surgical checklist This first edition of the WHO's surgical safety checklist has been endorsed by more than 200 professional medical associations worldwide and 20 ministers of health. Three…

A simple checklist that saves lives

[ Fall 2008 ] Fighter pilots use checklists to avoid deadly errors. Why not surgeons, too? So complex was the new B-17 bomber introduced during World War II that a star aviator crashed the mighty aircraft during its demonstration flight. Then the U.S. Army…

Checklists in operating rooms improve performance during crises

Teams using checklists were 74 percent less likely to miss key life-saving steps in care during emergency situations than those working from memory alone. For immediate release: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Boston, MA — In an airplane crisis—an engine failure, a fire—pilots pull…

Why Public Health? Will Perry

May 2012 -- In our video series "Why Public Health?" we ask Harvard School of Public Health students to talk about why they chose to enter the field. Here, Will Perry, a surgeon who earned his MPH in 2012, talks about his…

Hospital readmission rates linked with quality of surgical care

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Boston, MA — Reducing hospital readmission rates is an important clinical and policy priority but whether those rates really measure the quality of hospital care isn’t clear. In a new study, researchers from Harvard School…