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44 ACS NSQIP® Participating Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Surgical Patient Care

Recognized hospitals are deemed “Meritorious” for their composite quality scores in eight surgical care outcome areas


CHICAGO (October 22, 2014): The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 44 of their 445 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2013. ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results.  These results will direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care.

These hospitals will be recognized with a poster announcement next week at the ACS Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif. The listing is also available online

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score. That composite score was determined through a weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following eight clinical areas:  

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac: cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned Intubation
  • Ventilator > 48 hours
  • Renal Failure
  • SSI: superfi­cial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ/space SSI
  • UTI: urinary tract infection

The 44 hospitals commended achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2014 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2013 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. The 44 hospitals that received the meritorious recognition were the top 10 percent of the 445 hospitals included in the Semiannual Report. A poster was also developed to provide featured hospitals with a tool to display their achievements internally at their institutions.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the ACS and is currently used in over 560 hospitals.

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