General Internist, Saskatoon
Project: Reducing Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Inguinal Hernias
While working in the pre-op clinic, Dr. Shahid noticed that unnecessary testing happens on a daily basis. The results of preoperative tests rarely change how patients are managed and in some cases can cause them harm. Dr. Shahid worked with a team of stakeholders, including experts and representatives from different departments, to look at preoperative testing done on patients scheduled for knee and hip surgery. The team found most unnecessary testing occurs because providers are not aware of guidelines and the lack of a standardized tool or protocol for testing. The team’s goal was to reduce unnecessary testing before surgery by 50%. View her poster to learn more about her project!