General Surgeon, Saskatoon
Project: Reducing Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Inguinal Hernias
Inguinal hernias are fairly common. Surgeons often receive referrals from family physicians with an ultrasound accompanying it. Typically, inguinal hernias are easy to detect on clinical examination, especially if they are larger ones. Surgeons find that these ultrasounds rarely influence how they treat patients. As a result, reducing these unnecessary ultrasounds could save patients and the health care system time and resources. For his CQIP project, Dr. Ogaick communicated to general practitioners that an ultrasound is not necessary for patients with inguinal hernias that are readily apparent on clinical examination, then looked at the impact this had on the number of ultrasounds accompanying referrals. View his poster to learn more about his project!