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ACS NSQIP Pediatric Participant Use Data File

The Pediatric Participant Use Data File (PUF) is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant data file containing cases submitted to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric® (ACS NSQIP Pediatric®). The PUF contains patient-level, aggregate data and does not identify hospitals, health care providers, or patients. The intended purpose of this file is to provide researchers at participating sites with a data resource they can use to investigate and advance the quality of care delivered to the surgical patient through the analysis of cases captured by ACS NSQIP Pediatric. The PUF is provided at no additional cost to employees (e.g., Surgeons, Surgical Clinical Reviewers, researchers, etc.) of ACS NSQIP Pediatric participating hospitals.

The 2016 PUF contains 101,887 cases submitted in 2016 from 101 participating sites. Three other separate PUFs, containing a database of more than 267,000 cases, are also available. Only cases included in corresponding Semiannual Report (SAR) risk-adjustment calculations are in the PUF datasets. Variable formats, variable definitions (which can change from year to year), and other supporting information are available in the Pediatric PUF User Guides. The data files are made available in a delimited text, SAS, and SPSS file type.

The 2016 Pediatric PUF User Guide is available.

Previously Available PUFs

The previously available Pediatric PUFs are:

2015 – 84,056 cases submitted by 80 hospitals (2015 Pediatric PUF User Guide)
2014 – 68,838 cases submitted by 50 hospitals (2014 Pediatric PUF User Guide)
2013 – 63,387 cases submitted by 56 hospitals (2013 Pediatric PUF User Guide)
2012 – 51,008 cases submitted by 50 hospitals (2012 Pediatric PUF User Guide)

Procedure Targeted PUFs

The corresponding 2016 Pediatric Procedure Targeted PUFs for Appendectomy, Spinal Fusion and CSF Shunt are available as well. For background information on the case inclusion/exclusion criteria and the data collection and submission processes, please visit the Program Specific page. Variable formats, variable definitions, and other supporting information are available in the PUF User Guides. Each case in the Targeted PUF files can be merged with a case in the time-corresponding standard PUF using a key-matching variable. The data files are made available in a delimited text, SAS, and SPSS file type. The 2016 Procedure Targeted PUFs and their sizes are: 

2016 Appendectomy PUF – 13,114 cases submitted by 101 hospitals
2016 Spinal Fusion PUF – 3,728 cases submitted by 93 hospitals 
2016 CSF Shunt PUF – 1,452 cases submitted by 96 hospitals 

The 2016 Pediatric Procedure Targeted PUF User Guide is available.

One other Procedure Targeted PUF is also available:

2015 Procedure Targeted PUF – 10,570 cases submitted by 20 hospitals (2015 Pediatric Procedure Targeted PUF User Guide)

To request a copy of the PUF, individuals (data recipients) must agree to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the Data Use Agreement, provide contact information, and complete a short online questionnaire. Once the information provided by the data recipient is received and processed by ACS NSQIP staff, a website address will be submitted electronically to the data recipient. The data recipient will then have 10 days (240 hours) to visit the website and download the data file.

Request Data Set

For questions or comments about the PUF, please contact Brian Matel at bmatel@facs.org.