Providence Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program Quality Improvement: American College of Surgeons National Surgery Quality Improvement Program

Providence Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program participates in the American College of Surgeons National Surgery Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). Benefits include contributing to the reduction of surgical mortality and morbidity. The ACS NSQIP collects data on 135 variables, including preoperative risk factors, intraoperative variables, and 30-day postoperative mortality and morbidity outcomes for patients undergoing major surgical procedures in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Providence's surgical clinical nurse reviewer (SCNR) uses a variety of methods, including medical chart abstraction to capture outcomes data which are included in the ACS NSQIP.

The ACS NSQIP rigorously collects a medical center’s surgical data and processes it in order to improve patient outcomes. Findings from these reports form the basis for quality improvement action plans. Providence medical centers use this feedback to re-engineer workflow, foster and improve internal education, and develop clinical performance improvement initiatives. Additional information is available on the ACS NSQIP website.