Children’s Joins National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

BIRMINGHAM (July 30, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only hospital dedicated solely to providing healthcare to children, is participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP.) Children’s is one of only 53 pediatric hospitals nationwide to join the program.

The NSQIP tracks data on surgical patients pre- and post-operatively to analyze more than 100 clinical variables that relate to patient outcomes. Using that analysis, the participating hospital is able to determine where improvements in the continuum of care are needed and develop processes to implement those improvements. Some of the post-surgical complications reviewed and assessed include incidents of pneumonia, renal failure, urinary tract infections, sepsis and surgical site infections.

The main benefit of participation in the program is improved patient care. Resulting quality improvement measures produce fewer post-op complications, better outcomes, shorter hospital stays and greater patient satisfaction. Fewer complications lower the cost of care.

Ann Douglas, RN, MSN serves as Surgical Clinical Reviewer at Children’s. Robert Russell, MD serves as the Surgeon Champion.  More than 21,000 surgeries were performed at Children’s last year.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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