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Published on January 09, 2020

Stamford Health Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons

Stamford, CT/January 9, 2020 –  The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Stamford Health as one of 88 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Stamford Health is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes only “High Risk” cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2019 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2018 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Stamford Health has been recognized on the “High Risk” Meritorious list.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by ACS NSQIP for our meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care,” said Carla Rennie, MSN, RN, Director of Surgical Services. “We’re thankful for the entire surgical team, not only for their dedication and hard work in helping us achieve these outcomes, but also for providing the best care for our patients and the communities we serve.”

Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection. 72 hospitals were recognized on the “High Risk” list; the 72 hospitals represent ten percent of the 722 calendar-year 2018 ACS NSQIP hospitals.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals.

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