Surgical Innovations is a collaboration between the department of surgery and the department of bioengineering at UCSF. One of the main focuses is on device innovation for patient safety. This has become an area of intense interest throughout medicine after federal legislation was signed in 2007 that limits payment of hospital acquired complications termed “never-events”. The two most costly never-events are pressure ulcers and central line associated blood stream infections. Hospitals, partly because of increasing financial incentives, are increasing efforts to eradicate never events. Tremendous process improvement efforts have been initiated in decreasing these two never events. Although effective, these processes measures have a limitation in effectiveness and are very costly as they require extensive nursing effort.  At UCSF, we have used our multidisciplinary surgical innovations program to develop novel to prevent never events.

"Medical Innovations for Never Events" 

A presentation by Dr. Hanmin Lee