Volume 7 Issue 219
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Aug-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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U.S. national project launched to reduce surgical complications by 25 percent

(7 August 2005: VIDYYA MEDICAL NEWS SERVICE) -- In an effort to improve surgical care in hospitals nationwide, a partnership of leading public and private health care organizations has launched a project to reduce surgical complications by 25 percent by the year 2010.

Surgical complications can take a measurable toll on a patient's health and safety, extending treatment and leading to longer hospital stays. The Surgical Care Improvement Project or SCIP (pronounced "skip") is designed to provide hospitals, physicians, nurses and other caregivers with effective strategies to reduce four common surgical complications—surgical wound infections, blood clots, perioperative heart attack and ventilator-associated pneumonia. The strategies are based on the best available science and will be refined and improved as new scientific information becomes available.

Hospitals will be asked to join SCIP today at the American Hospital Association's Health Forum meeting in San Diego.

SCIP is one of the first national quality improvement initiatives to unite national hospital, physician and nursing organizations; the federal government; the organization that accredits hospitals; and private sector experts in far-reaching quality improvement and patient safety efforts.

"One reason SCIP is so important is because of the partnership," said Dr. Mark McClellan, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, one of 10 national organizations spearheading SCIP. "The only way to get to a better healthcare system is if we're all working together with efforts that are led by health professionals—the surgeons, the anesthesiologists, the registered nurses, the other health professionals and hospitals. They are absolutely critical elements to the success of quality improvement. The reason that CMS is such a strong supporter of SCIP is because it has such broad involvement and leadership from health professionals."

SCIP focuses on process measures, such as the appropriate use of antibiotics near the time of surgery and the use of beta blockers to prevent cardiovascular events.

The SCIP Partnership includes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American College of Surgeons, American Hospital Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Veterans Health Administration.

For more information about SCIP, please visit www.medqic.org/scip, E-mail SCIPpartnership@okqio.sdps.org, or call (405) 840-2891.

For more information, please contact Tracy Senat, SCIP Communications Coordinator, (405) 840-2891, ext. 286, or tsenat@okqio.sdps.org.


Internet Citation:

National Project Launched To Reduce Surgical Complications by 25 Percent. Press Release, July 28, 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2005/scippr.htm


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