Tag Archive for ‘quality improvement’

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Looking forward – April 2019

Lessons learned and next steps regarding implementing standards drawn from the principles outlined in Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety are the focus of this month’s column.

The ACS Quality and Safety Program: Louisville hospitals participate in first site visits

Summarizes the results of quality improvement initiatives as outlined in the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (Red Book) at two initial sites in Kentucky.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2019

The importance of a value-based system of care is the focus of this month’s column—not only reduce health care spending but to improve patient outcomes

ACS News

ACS NSQIP recognizes 83 hospitals for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

ACS NSQIP recognized 83 hospitals for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2017.

NSQIP Case Studies

A multidisciplinary approach reduces clostridium difficile infections in adult surgical patients

Researchers at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, conducted a quality improvement project to identify opportunities to reduce clostridium difficile infection.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Beginning your quality improvement journey

This final excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety provides an overview of the topics discussed in the manual.

NSQIP Case Studies

Texas Children’s Hospital introduces standardized protocol to reduce pediatric baclofen pump infections

The Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, sought to address a comparatively high rate of implant-related infections by implementing a quality improvement plan following an analysis of pre- and post-protocol implementation outcomes of infection and complication rates.

NSQIP Case Studies

Improving high-value care of ileocolic intussusception in a pediatric ED

This column describes an ileocolic intussusception quality improvement program launched at Seattle Children’s Hospital, WA.

NSQIP Case Studies

South Miami Hospital implements strategies for prevention of SSI in bariatric surgery

Researchers at South Miami Hospital, FL, conducted a quality improvement project to determine best practices for reducing surgical site infections by enhancing preoperative patient skin antisepsis.

ACS NSQIP

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.

Figure 1. Collaborative patterns of patient care in Montana

RS3—the Montana Rural Surgery Support System—is a model for surgical care in rural CAHs

A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2017

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the College’s commitment to key advocacy initiatives that ensure access to quality care for surgical patients, reduce health care costs, and promote meaningful change.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – February 2017

The ACS’ role as an international organization that meets the needs of surgeons and patients around the world, particularly in the areas of membership, education, quality programs, and surgical capacity building, is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

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.

ACS NSQIP

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.

ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator

Using the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator for surgical education and quality improvement

This article summarizes the surgical education benefits of incorporating the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator into weekly morbidity and mortality conferences at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicine, NY.

Rural surgery and the volume dilemma

The debate over the relationship between volume and outcomes for rural surgeons is the focus of this month’s column.

Dr. Guillamondegui

ACS NSQIP National Conference inspires participants to innovate to make a difference

More than 1,500 individuals who work in hospital quality improvement programs participated in the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program 2016 Annual Conference, July 16–19, in San Diego, CA.

Surgery in Maryland: Guidelines for navigating health care reform

This column describes Maryland’s health care reform efforts, including the implementation of an all-payor rate system and state-wide budgets overseen by a central state commission, which may serve as a model for other states seeking to lower costs and improve quality.

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.

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