The objective was to educate community caregivers and achieve a decrease in the 30 day readmission rate. Caregivers in the community were provided with background knowledge of head and neck cancer, free flap reconstruction, artificial airways, speech and swallowing difficulties and an update in quality improvement. The idea and hope, is that with this knowledge, a decrease in the 30 day admission rate can be achieved.
The event was organized by Nurse Practitioners Marie Leginza and Kaitlin Vance, both of whom gave hands-on presentations. Other speakers included Drs. Keith Casper, Steven Chinn, and Matt Spector, and Speech Language Pathologists Teresa Lyden and Anna Hardenbergh. The event was very well received and attended by over 40 participants from Michigan Medicine’s 4B Surgical Unit, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Michigan State University and local rehabilitation facilities including Heartland of Ann Arbor, Glacier Hills, and Regency at Bluffs Park. A total of 4.07 nursing contact hours were awarded to participants. It is expected that the event will be held annually going forward.