Tag Archive for ‘quality improvement’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Ko

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.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – May 2016

Collaborative quality improvement program, as exemplified by the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiatives program, and the Michigan Value Collaborative are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Hand hygiene TST helps hospitals reduce HAI rates

This month’s column describes how the Memorial Hermann Health System used The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool to improve compliance with hand hygiene guidelines.

Improvements continue in surgical care accountability measures

An overview of the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program and the accountability measures data that determine Top Performer designation are provided in this month’s column.

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.

January 17 deadline for 2016 ACS NSQIP National Conference abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentation at the 2016 ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) National Conference is January 17.

Scene from a preconference workshop.

ACS NSQIP conference: 10 years of putting the patient first

The 10th annual ACS NSQIP National Conference in July 2015 focused on patient-centered care and the reliability and accuracy of the program’s data as drivers of surgical quality improvement in hospitals.

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