The American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) has recognized Crouse Hospital as one of 25 NSQIP participating hospitals in the United States to achieve exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. Currently, more than 250 U.S. hospitals are participating in the voluntary initiative, which measures actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels.
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 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, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); pneumonia; SSI (surgical site infections); or urinary tract infection (UTI). The 25 hospitals commended achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in two or more of the five areas listed above. Crouse scored high in four of the areas: pneumonia, DVT, SSI and UTI. Risk-adjusted data from the June 2009 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. “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,” says Dennis Brown, MD, director of surgical quality improvement for Crouse. Furthermore, says Dr. Brown, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows.
“Through the diligence and hard work of Dr. Brown and Lynne Wolfe, RN SCNR, Crouse Hospital has achieved this outstanding national distinction, which underscores Crouse’s focused commitment to enhancing patient safety and continuous quality improvement,” says Paul Kronenberg, MD, Crouse president and CEO.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise standards of surgical practice and to improve care of the surgical patient. The College has more than 74,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.