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ACS NSQIP

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®)

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SCR Training and TestingToday’s health care environment demands more than ever of surgeons and the hospitals they work in. Payors, including Medicare, increasingly refuse to pay for treating complications deemed preventable, such as surgical site infections. A growing movement aims to tie reimbursements to outcomes—and publicly report the results. At the same time, hospitals face staffing shortages and financial pressures, trying to do more with less. Discover what hundreds of hospitals across America already know. A surgical quality improvement program so effective that each year a hospital uses it, on average, it has the opportunity to:

  • Prevent 250–500 complications
  • Save 12–36 lives
  • Reduce costs by millions of dollars

Discover the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®). ACS NSQIP is the leading nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in the private sector. ACS NSQIP has the tools, training, customization options and, most importantly, data, to keep your hospital ahead of the curve.

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Making Quality Stick

The key to reducing mechanical ventilation times and VAP

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center reviewed its ACS NSQIP data and found it had a prolonged mechanical ventilation rate compared to the national average, which poses multiple risks for surgical patients.  So they implemented  a ventilator management protocol that led to a statistically significant reduction in ventilator time, and was appropriately balanced against the risks of failed extubation. This QI effort not only improved the quality of care for its surgical patients , it  generated an estimated annual savings of nearly $200,000.

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New Study: ACS NSQIP

Participating Hospitals Significantly Improve Their Surgical Outcomes Over Time

A February 27 study in Annals of Surgery finds majority of ACS NSQIP hospitals improve and improvement continues with each year of participation.

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2015 Keynote Speaker

Marcus Engel is our keynote speaker for the 2015 ACS NSQIP® National Conference. Marcus is a professional speaker and best-selling author whose messages provide insight and strategies for excellent patient care. His keynote presentation, “The Other End of the Stethoscope,” has been used to teach the basic foundations of caregiving to health care professionals.

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Risk Calculator

Risk Calculator

Today, ACS NSQIP data powers a preoperative risk calculator tool that allows clinicians to input an individual patient’s risk factors, such as age, sex and BMI, into a statistical model that calculates the likelihood of various outcomes.