Tag Archive for ‘ACS NSQIP®’

Dr. Ko

ACS Quality and Safety Conference emphasizes the value of partnering with providers and patients

This article summarizes the topics and issues presented at the 2018 Quality and Safety Conference in Orlando, FL.

ACS News

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Creating individual surgeon performance assessments in a statewide hospital surgical quality improvement collaborative

A study in an upcoming issue of JACS suggests that low surgeon-specific case volumes and minimal variance between surgeons may limit the utility of ACS NSQIP outcomes measures for individual profiling.


ACS NSQIP honors 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

ACS NSQIP recognized 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2016.

NSQIP Case Studies

Quality improvement in imaging strategies for pediatric appendicitis

This column describes Children’s Hospital of Alabama’s efforts to improve the imaging strategies for pediatric appendicitis by evaluating the rates of different imaging modalities.

Quality & Safety Conference - Dr. Ko on stage

Inaugural ACS Quality and Safety Conference: Achieving quality across the continuum of care

This article summarizes the inaugural ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 21−24 in New York, NY, which focused on a range of topics, including updates on the ACS NSQIP Adult and Pediatric programs, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, and the Surgeon Specific Registry.

Figure 2. Preston perioperative patient tobacco cards

Preoperative smoking cessation: Every patient, every operation

Summarizes the challenges and benefits of launching a preoperative smoking cessation program.

Figure 1. Transfusion before and after intervention

Practice changes lower rates of transfusion, superficial SSI, and morbidity

Researchers at Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH), University of Rochester, NY, conducted a quality improvement project to determine best practices for reducing pediatric general and pediatric orthopaedic morbidity and mortality due to transfusion and surgical site infection-related complications.

Figure 1. Two-dimensional view of surgical outcomes

Patient-reported outcomes in surgery: Listening to patients improves quality of care

The role of patient-reported outcome measures are identified in this article, particularly as they relate to enhanced patient engagement and improved quality of surgical care.

Figure 1. UTI rates

Practice changes for reducing UTIs in colon and rectal surgery patients

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, sought to investigate whether standardized management of indwelling urinary catheterization placement and duration could reduce the incident of UTIs after colon and rectal surgery.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – January 2017

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt reflects on his seven years as ACS Executive Director, including the College’s key accomplishments in that timeframe and future goals of the organization.

Figure 2. Preoperative checklist

Impact of SSI reduction strategy after colorectal resection

A nurse at Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island, NY, describes how that institution reduced surgical site infection for colorectal surgery by taking precautions at all phases of care, from prehospital to postoperative.


ACS NSQIP honors 60 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical care

ACS NSQIP recognized 60 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2015.


Coming in December in JACS, and online now

This news brief highlights a JACS article on the ACS NSQIP® targeted hepatectomy database, which researchers used to analyze operative site drainage after elective hepatectomy.

ACS NSQIP Conference in San Diego to focus on innovation

The theme of the 2016 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Conference—Innovate to Make a Difference—is described in this news brief along with a preview of conference sessions.

ACS and AGS release geriatric perioperative recommendations

The new Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient: A Best Practices Guideline—developed by the ACS and American Geriatrics Society provides a framework for addressing complex issues facing patients of advanced age.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – January 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt reflects on his six years as ACS Executive Director, including the College’s key accomplishments in that timeframe and future goals of the organization.

Participants in the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region, from left to right: Drs. Lee and Hoyt; Mr. Anderson; Drs. Hartsaw, James, Mariani, Cochran, Sorenson, Ott, and Finlayson.

ACS hosts Inspiring Quality Forum in Utah

On October 3, a panel of regional health care experts discussed best practices for improving patient care and reducing costs during the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Russell

Looking forward – October 2014

The legacy and accomplishments of Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, former ACS Executive Director who died on August 4, are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2014

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of June 2014.

Participating at the Iowa forum (from left): Philip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, general surgeon, clinical professor of surgery, UICCM; Dr. Scott-Conner; Richard A. Sidwell, MD, FACS, Committee on Trauma State Provincial Chair, and Past-President, Iowa Chapter; Dr. Hoyt; Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Chair, department of health management and policy, UI College of Public Health; Jennifer Vermeer, MPA, former Medicaid Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise; Timothy A. Breon, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Mahaska Health Partnership; Dr. Weigel; and K. John Hartman, MD, FACS, President, Iowa Chapter.

ACS, Iowa health care leaders at IQ Forum focus on rural surgery

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Iowa, June 27, in Des Moines—the 19th stop in a series of national discussions on how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.


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