Patient Care and COVID-19
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, elective surgical procedures have been halted to both limit patient exposure and offload potential burdens on the healthcare system. This certainly has ramifications for patients, namely those with acute obstructing ureteral stones. Patients are coping with longer stent dwell times after undergoing initial ureteral stent placement and delay in definitive surgery. MUSIC wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our patient education documents regarding ureteral stents which are available for patient use.
What is MUSIC ROCKS?
MUSIC Reducing Operative Complications from Kidney Stones (ROCKS) program mission is to leave no stone unturned to make Michigan the best place in the world for comprehensive kidney stone care.
Current Quality Improvement Efforts
- Decreasing unplanned healthcare encounters after ureteroscopy by:
- Improving patient education regarding expected symptoms following surgery
- Optimizing and standardizing pain control regimens while omitting opiates
- Identifying patients in whom ureteral stents may be safely omitted
- Engaging practices across the state of Michigan to encourage local quality improvement
- Improving the quality of care following stone surgery by increasing use of postoperative imaging
- Working to better understand patient reported outcomes after ambulatory stone surgery
- Enhancing outcomes following shockwave lithotripsy through improved case selection
ROCKS Patient Resources
For a patient educational pamphlet on what to expect after stent placement, please click on the link below.
For a patient educational document on managing pain after stent placement, please click on the link below.
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