Quality & Clinical Excellence

An Incentive Walking Program to Reduce Postoperative Complications, Decrease Length of Hospital Stay and Promote Wellness for the General Surgical Patient

In order to improve patient outcomes related to postoperative complications, WellSpan York Hospital compares pre-intervention complication rates of postoperative to post-implementation complication rates. This study was a quality improvement project designed to implement an incentive walking program for the post-surgical patient. This walking program also aimed to improve the patient experience by decreasing the patient’s length of stay and returning them back to their homes as soon as possible.