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Dr. Bill Wooden, interdisciplinary team honored with 2017 Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Wooden, professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine, and an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals at IU Health Methodist and University Hospitals for being honored with the Innovation Award at the 2017 Patient Safety Summit, presented by the Indiana Patient Safety Center. As a means to enhance preventative health care, this team developed an innovative Preoperative Wellness Program for patients undergoing elective surgery, which includes a “red bag” of immune-boosting supplements to allow patients to better endure surgical procedure, reduce complications and experience a faster recovery. A pilot test of the program resulted in reduced lengths of hospital stay, lower infection rates and fewer readmissions. Based on its success, the program is being expanded to all 14 IU Health hospitals across the state.


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