ACS NSQIP recognizes 88 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 88 of 592 eligible hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018. A list of the recognized hospitals is available online.

Patient management: Clinical areas

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned intubation
  • Ventilator care exceeding 48 hours
  • Kidney failure
  • Surgical site infection (SSI): superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ/space SSI
  • Urinary tract infection

ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; the ACS then analyzes these outcomes and reports back to hospitals. Hospitals use these data to direct patient safety initiatives and improve the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. Outcomes in the eight clinical areas were evaluated (see sidebar, this page).

The 88 hospitals achieved the distinction based on an outstanding composite quality score. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2019 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2018 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Seventy-two hospitals were recognized on the “All Cases” list and 72 hospitals were recognized on the “High-Risk” list; the 72 hospitals represent 10 percent of the 722 calendar-year 2018 ACS NSQIP hospitals.* A total of 56 hospitals were recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High-Risk” lists, 16 other hospitals were on just the “All Cases” list, and 16 other hospitals were on the “High Risk” list only—yielding 88 hospitals in total. These meritorious hospitals are eligible to display these achievements among their staff and within their institutions.


*A total of 592 of the 722 ACS NSQIP hospitals participating in 2018 met the three-year criteria to be eligible for meritorious consideration.

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