Surgery Recovery at Home: Case Study

The delivery of medical care continues to shift toward the home, especially since the early days of the pandemic. The following is a summary of a case study recently published in the NEJM Catalyst that demonstrates the effectiveness of post op care in the home. Contact Sena Health today to find out more about receiving customer-centric, hospital-level care in the comfort of your home!



The following excerpt was taken from the original article published in NEJM Catalyst entitled: How Penn Medicine Reimagined Breast Reconstruction, Shifting the Balance of Postoperative Care from Clinic to Home


Summary


In June 2019, Penn Medicine launched the Connected Approach to Recovery (CARe) program within the autologous breast reconstruction patient population. CARe demonstrated that outpatient postoperative specialty care, including the removal of surgical drains, could be delivered safely via a digitally enabled home-based strategy that shifted the balance of care from the clinic to the home in the first 30 days following discharge. This program challenged a long-standing status quo that required patients to commute to and from the clinic for drain management and removal. High patient satisfaction scores reflected not only this convenience, but also a design that reimagined the delivery of education and clinical services while ensuring a more patient-centric return to independence. CARe, which, in a Covid-19 environment allowed patients to reliably receive uninterrupted postoperative care safely in their homes, has been expanded to additional surgical patient populations across multiple hospitals and home health agencies.


Source:

NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery 2021; 04

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1056/CAT.20.0528