The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 88 of an eligible 592 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018. Recognized hospitals are deemed “Meritorious” for their composite quality scores in eight surgical care outcome areas. ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; these outcomes are then analyzed by ACS and reported back to hospitals. These results direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact 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. Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. Outcomes in the following eight clinical areas were evaluated: Mortality; Cardiac: cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction; Pneumonia; Unplanned Intubation; Ventilator > 48 hours; Renal Failure; SSI: superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ/space SSI; UTI: urinary tract infection.