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Tracking data on colorectal procedures linked to better outcomes

OCTOBER 24, 2018
Clinical Congress Daily Highlights, Wednesday Second Edition

Keeping track of data specifically related to colorectal procedures is linked to better outcomes for patients who undergo them, including fewer infections and shorter hospital stays.

An analysis of more than a decade of data on colorectal patients from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) reveals improvements in both the short and long term, Ahmed Al-Mazrou, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, New York, reported Wednesday.

Dr. Al-Mazrou and his colleagues looked at data on 310,632 procedures. Following 2007, there was a general decrease in a number of complications related to colorectal procedures, including sepsis, septic shock, venous thromboembolism, respiratory complications, and reoperation. Multivariable analyses revealed that the tracking of data specific to colorectal procedures, which was implemented in 2013, was linked to shorter hospital stays and fewer surgical site and urinary tract infections.

A more fine-grained analysis might shed additional light on what practices are leading to the better outcomes, Dr. Al-Mazrou said.

View this study’s abstract online here.

Additional information

The Scientific Forum, Colon and Rectal Surgery VI, was held October 24 at the 2018 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in Boston, MA. Program, webcast and audio information is available online at

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