(From the September 2013 Issue of MedStat)
A group of pediatric surgeons at hospitals around the country have designed a system to collect and analyze data on surgical outcomes in children. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is the first national database able to reliably compare outcomes among different hospitals where children’s surgery is performed. The effort could dramatically improve surgical outcomes in children, say the initiative’s leaders, who published their findings online in the journal, Pediatrics. The model is based on a similar effort adopted nationwide nearly a decade ago for adult surgery that resulted in reduced mortality and dramatic decreases in post-surgical complications. These efforts, led by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) including R. Lawrence Moss, MD, corresponding author and surgeon-in-chief at Nationwide Children’s, are being driven not by a federal mandate, but by a desire to improve patient care. Learn more about how this study is impacting Nationwide Children’s in the next issue of MedStat.
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