5 questions to ask before surgery

CNN.com

Sometimes, the questions you ask yourself are the hardest to talk about with your doctor.

Dr. Karl Bilimoria, a surgeon at Northwestern University and the American College of Surgeons, advises that identifying and addressing these questions may help ensure a healthy recovery after an operation.

In August, Bilimoria and researchers at the American College of Surgeons released an online tool that allows patients, in collaboration with their doctors, to estimate what their risks may be in undertaking an operation. [Read More]

Online Calculator Predicts Risk of Surgical Complications

Yahoo! Health

Making difficult decisions about whether to have a potentially risky surgery just got easier for doctors and patients.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has unveiled a new surgical risk calculator. This online tool allows anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to punch specific information into a Web page to find out potential outcomes before ever going under the knife. [Read More]

New ACS NSQIP® Surgical Risk Calculator Offers Personalized, Accurate Estimates of Surgical Complications to Patients and Surgeons

Journal of the American College of Surgeons study reports that new web-based tool effectively aids the informed decision-making process by educating patients about their operations; its use may become a quality reporting requirement for surgeons

CHICAGO (August 14, 2013) — The new American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Surgical Risk Calculator is a revolutionary new tool that quickly and easily estimates patient-specific postoperative complication risks for almost all operations, according to research findings appearing online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study will be published in a print edition of the Journal later this year. [Read More]

New Study Finds Overall Hospital Quality Performance Differs When Comparing Cancer Operations with Noncancer Operations

Surgeons say quality measurement should consider cancer surgical procedure indication when rating hospital outcomes

SAN DIEGO (July 18, 2013): New research findings released earlier this week at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) National Conference in San Diego, Calif., show that hospital quality measurement specific to cancer versus noncancer care provides a more accurate assessment of a hospital’s overall quality performance. [Read More]

Surgical Patients’ Mortality Rates Drop at ACS NSQIP Hospitals in California

New study finds ACS NSQIP hospitals have consistently better surgical outcomes than non-ACS NSQIP hospitals

SAN DIEGO (July 15, 2013) — A new study evaluating surgical outcomes at California hospitals enrolled in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) found surgical patients at ACS NSQIP hospitals had significantly reduced mortality rates compared with non-ACS NSQIP hospitals. These findings were presented Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the ACS NSQIP National Conference, taking place July 13-16 in San Diego, Calif. [Read More]

Researchers find ACS NSQIP® data is more accurate than administrative data for tracking 30-day hospital readmissions among colorectal surgical patients

NSQIP database analysis shows that 30 percent of hospital readmissions could be prevented, according to new Journal of American College of Surgeons study

Chicago (June 18, 2013): With Medicare penalties on hospitals with higher-than-expected rates of 30-day readmissions expected to rise in 2014, more hospitals are evaluating the most accurate methods for tracking readmissions of patients. A new study appearing in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) led to more accurate data tracking than another popular database, the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), for tracking 30-day hospital  readmissions among colorectal surgical patients. [Read More]

Surgeon-Driven Quality Effort Slashes Complications, Costs

HealthLeaders
When Brian J. Daley, MD, FACS, chief of trauma at University of Tennessee Medical Center, talks about success in improving surgical outcomes, he inserts a joke early in the conversation.

“You know, if you ask a surgeon to name the three best surgeons they know, they have a problem coming up with two other names,” he quips. Often, he says, “surgeons think everyone else is having a complication, but not them.” [Read More]

Hospitals working together to reduce surgical complications

CT Mirror
Connecticut hospitals traditionally considered competitors have been quietly teaming up to share techniques to reduce surgical infections and complications.

The idea is to improve patient care and efficiency in a landscape of skyrocketing health care costs and pressure from the federal Affordable Care Act to improve performance. [Read More]

American College of Surgeons and Connecticut Health Care Leaders Unite to Drive Discussions on Effective Quality Improvement Amidst Major State and Federal Reform

Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative announces addition of six hospitals, increasing information-sharing footprint across state

Chicago (April 26, 2013): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Connecticut, in partnership with the ACS Connecticut Chapter and the Connecticut State Medical Society.  The forum was the 13th in a series of events that bring together surgeons, hospitals, health  plans, physicians, government, and other health care leaders to share best practices for improving patient care, achieving better outcomes and curbing rising health care costs. [Read More]

New research may help clinicians determine factors that increase risk of blood clots after surgery

News-Medical.net
New research from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of Surgical Research, may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for post-surgical blood clots in the legs or lungs.

The researchers combed through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement (ACS-NSQIP) database to identify 471,000 patients who underwent abdominal or thoracic surgeries between 2005 and 2010. Their goal was to identify VTE events within 30 days of surgery, both in the hospital and after discharge (VTEDC). VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (clots in the legs) or pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs). [Read More]