Surgical patient care at OTMH receives international recognition

Surgical Patient Care OTMH

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. The NSQIP is a major ACS initiative. Nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals use the program.

The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce complications related to a surgical procedures. Curtailing complications reduces health care costs along with improving the overall patient experience.

This ACS program commends a select group of hospitals for reducing surgical complications. OTMH was one of 83 hospitals that achieved this recognition.

As a participant OTMH tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures to assess patient safety. This data directs the improvement of surgical care and patient safety.

“I am very proud of the success we have achieved through the NSQIP program and that our surgical team at OTMH has been recognized for the improvements in patient outcomes after surgery,” said Denise Hardenne, President & CEO, Halton Healthcare. “This achievement reflects our mission to provide compassionate, quality care and deliver on our vision of exemplary patient experiences, always.”

Surgical Patient Care Criteria

The outcomes measured by OTMH as part of the NSQIP include:

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  1. surgical site infections
  2. urinary tract infections
  3. pneumonia
  4. blood clots
  5. kidney failure
  6. readmission
  7. death

After surgery these outcomes are captured during the hospital stay, and through confidential phone calls to patients after their procedure.

“If you want to make things better, you have to measure them. You need a protocol and a program and a group behind you to make real change,” said Dr Duncan Rozario, Chief of Surgery, OTMH.

“NSQIP is about measuring problems so that improvement happens on a systemic level. It maybe only a 0.1% change here, and a 0.1% change there, but the total effect of all those small changes adds up to lower surgical complications and improved patient safety and satisfaction. Change on this scale is not possible without the commitment and skill of all the surgeons, nurses, hospital staff and hospital support,” continued Dr Razario.

National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)

The American College of Surgeons introduced The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in 2001. The program was the first nationally validated, risk-adjusted outcomes–based program. It was designed to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in the United States. OTMH joined the Ontario collaborative in 2015.

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