More than half of all surgical complications occur after discharge from the hospital. Yet, very little useful information is given to patients or to their family members to help guide them through post-surgical self-care. The need for accessible, easy-to-understand surgical self-care information is especially acute among low-literacy and underserved populations.
Virtual ACE is a promising intervention designed to improve post-surgical outcomes in elderly patients, increase mobility and reduce the incidence of post-surgical delirium. The project was implemented in two surgical units at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The aim of this study was to evaluate the facilitators and barriers to successful implementation so that Virtual ACE could be disseminated to other hospitals.
Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC) is highly treatable with surgical intervention. However, Thyroid Surgery can result in voice changes, swallowing difficulties, or hypoparathyroidism, all of which adversely affect quality of life.