Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Why DeBakey Surgical Survival Rates Top All VA Facilities

July 6, 2007

 By Christi Myers

(KTRK/HOUSTON) - Good news for a Houston hospital. The survival rate for all surgery patients is above 97%. It's been that high seven years in a row. The hospital is the DeBakey VA Medical Center and tonight we show you what it’s doing right.  What they found is that unique changes they made at this VA caused it to have a survival rate that is 33% higher than any other VA and higher than many private hospitals. Why? For one, this pre-surgery check list. They designed it like the pre-flight checklist used in aviation and it's working. Their checklist is being used by other VA hospitals. And they credit nurses, Baylor doctors who work here, good ICU care and the quick way they adopt new medical treatments. Dr. David Berger: ‘As soon as we have evidence from the literature and leading medical organizations that there’s a new, better way of doing things, we try to implement those things as quickly as possible.’ The VA hospital system was set up by Houston’s Dr. Michael DeBakey after World War II.”

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