The CSA Surgical Center was named as a finalist for the 2018-19 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

The award recognizes AAAHC accredited institutions that have made significant developments in improving health care quality.

CSA Surgical Center was named for its study to determine if post-operation pain can be reduced by using pain medication before the surgery, according to Jana Woods, a representative for the center. The research team specifically looked at patients undergoing a surgical procedure that removes the gallbladder.

The study found that using nonnarcotic preoperative pain medication reduced pain-related post-surgical stays by 19 percent. It also found that the number of patients who did not require narcotics in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit increased by 10 percent.

Because of the research, CSA Surgical Center has started administering pain medication to all suitable patients before an operation, according to a news release from Woods. 

The other finalists for the award include Knoxville Ophthalmology ASC and Laser Spine Institute of Tampa.

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