The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) has recognized Crouse Hospital as one of 26 NSQIP participating hospitals in the U.S. that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. Crouse Hospital surgeon Herb Mendel, MD, attended the recent meeting of the American College of Surgeons, where Crouse was recognized.
As a participant in NSQIP, Crouse is required to track outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements. The NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving exemplary outcome performances related to patient management in five clinical areas: DVT (deep vein thrombosis); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and heart attack); pneumonia; SSI (surgical site infections); and urinary tract infection. The 26 hospitals commended achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in two or more of the five areas listed above. Crouse’s exemplary results are in the cardiac, SSI and pneumonia categories. Risk-adjusted data from the June 2010 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated exemplary outcomes.
NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Additionally, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows.
“This designation underscores Crouse’s focused commitment to enhancing patient safety and continuous quality improvement,” says Dennis Brown MD, surgical quality director for the hospital.
NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 300 U.S. hospitals.