URMC’s Surgical Teams Earn Gold Star

November 02, 2009

Jeffrey Peters, M.D.

The nation’s leading surgical quality improvement program recently honored the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) for demonstrating exemplary outcomes in reducing surgical site infections and post-operative pneumonias. URMC was recognized as a top performing hospital at the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Clinical Congress in Chicago in October.

“This achievement is the result of concerted efforts by faculty and staff to reduce infections,” said Jeffrey Peters, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery. “It’s based on the collective outcomes of general surgery cases performed here in 2008, and I’m pleased to say that we have sustained our disciplined approach into 2009. In fact, rigorous infection control practices have become part of the standard of surgical care at URMC.” 

NSQIP collects data on 136 clinical variables, including preoperative risk factors, intraoperative variables, and 30-day post-op mortality and morbidity outcomes for patients undergoing inpatient or outpatient surgery. Its reports allow member hospitals to compare their results with other peer institutions and against national averages. 

According to Peters, more than 280 U.S. hospitals report quality data to NSQIP, including most academic medical centers. The Institute of Medicine has named NSQIP “best in the nation” for measuring and reporting surgical quality and outcomes, and the Joint Commission now awards merit badges to hospitals that participate in the program. 

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