Improving Outcomes for Elective Colon Surgery Patients

Nationally, readmission after colorectal surgery occurs within 90 days for one in four patients, and costs nearly $9,000 per readmission. MultiCare’s Surgery Collaborative improved elective colon surgery outcomes by developing a standard approach to colon surgery clinical practice across the system based on clinical evidence and reinforced by care pathways and order sets. They have seen significant and sustained improvement over the last three years.


  • 19% reduction in readmission rates.
  • 22% reduction in length of stay.
  • 85% reduction colorectal SSI incidence leading to SIR of 0.1/or 92% less than expected.
  • 96% of patients receive at least one of the colon surgery order sets; 89% of patients receive both.


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