Developed in partnership with the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Pediatric option is the nation’s first and only risk-adjusted, clinical, outcomes-based program to measure and improve pediatric surgical care. The program is open to all pediatric hospitals, including freestanding general acute care children’s hospitals, children’s hospitals within a larger hospital, specialty children’s hospitals, or general acute care hospitals with a pediatric wing that want to collect reliable clinical data including 30-day outcomes.
The ACS NSQIP Pediatric has continued to grow in program variables, data collection, reports, and participation. The ACS NSQIP Pediatric guides participating hospitals in quality improvement efforts, as well as guidance throughout their collection of 1,400 cases a year.
The ACS NSQIP Pediatric is moving to a procedure-targeted style program. This program is designed to benefit participating hospitals by allowing them to collect data on specific high-risk, high-volume procedures drawn from six subspecialty areas. This allows participants to focus their quality improvement efforts on areas that will yield the greatest return on investment as well as comparative analysis against participating hospitals. It will also provide the opportunity for experts within each surgical specialty to define the important benchmarks for quality within their specialty.