UNC Hospitals receives national recognition from American College of Surgeons

This recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for excellent performance in five areas of care of surgical patients.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized UNC Hospitals as one of 28 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals in the United States that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care.  As a participant in ACS NSQIP, the hospital is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving exemplary outcome performances related to patient management in five clinical areas:  DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); 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.  The 28 hospitals commended achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in two or more of the five areas listed above.  Risk-adjusted data from the July 2012 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated exemplary outcomes.       

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.

Read more here in a story by Tom Hughes of UNC Health Care.