Upstate's Community Campus earns honor for excellent surgical outcomes

Upstate's Community Campus earns honor for excellent surgical outcomes

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized the Upstate Community Campus as one of only 68 out of nearly 700 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals to have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. It is the only hospital in Syracuse to receive the recognition.

This is the second consecutive year that Upstate’s Community Campus has received this honor.

Upstate will be recognized at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, to be held Oct. 22 to 26 in San Diego.

“Being honored for outstanding surgical outcomes for the second straight year is a testament to the dedication of our surgical teams in ensuring that our patients have the safest surgical outcomes possible,” said Nancy Daoust, chief administrative officer for the Upstate Community Campus. “The safety of our patients is our top priority and this recognition by the American College of Surgeons is evidence of our unyielding commitment to patient safety.”

The Upstate Community Campus, along with the other hospitals selected, is honored for achieving a composite meritorious outcome related to patient management in eight clinical areas:  mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator use greater than 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.

ACS NSQIP tracked surgical outcomes in the following areas were tracked: General, Vascular, Urology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Ear, Nose and Throat, Plastics and Gynecology.

Risk-adjusted data from surgery cases for 2016 were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in more than 770 adult and pediatric hospitals.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more than 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

The Community Campus is located at 4800 Broad Road in Syracuse.

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