American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The Surgical Metrics Project

Introducing the

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The Surgical Metrics Project will be introduced to attendees during Clinical Congress 2019. It will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in an exploration of the use of wearable technologies to measure surgical decision making and surgical technique. Residents, practicing surgeons, and retired surgeons are all encouraged to participate.

Visit the Surgical Metrics Project booth in the Exhibit Hall of the Moscone Center, October 28–30.

At the booth, wearable technologies will be used to build a database of surgical decision making and technical approaches during repair of a small bowel enterotomy. A total of 10 procedure stations will be available, and the exercise will take less than 30 minutes. Each participant will be equipped with magnetic motion tracking technology synchronized with headgear that will capture video and audio data. Working in sync, these instruments will provide a moment-to-moment account of each step and decision that a surgeon makes while operating and measure time and flow efficiency to provide an accurate assessment of the surgical process.

All participants will get a short report on their performance. After Clinical Congress, the data will be analyzed to answer the following questions:

  • What decisions do surgeons make when faced with a surgical task?
  • How do their decisions and technical approaches affect outcomes/bowel repair quality?
  • Can this database serve as a benchmarking resource for trainees?
  • Is there an expert strategy or evidenced-based approach that can be discovered in the data and shared with participants?
  • Can this database serve as a platform to discuss the possibility of longitudinal, personal assessment where participants track their own performance throughout their career?

The program is sponsored by the ACS Committee on Surgical Skills Training for Practicing Surgeons. Join the conversation and tweet about your experience with this program using #surgicalmetrics.