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  • Quality Care: Monitoring Surgical Quality Through NSQIP

  • In an effort to keep patients safe and to ensure they are receiving the highest quality of care before, during and after surgery, Rhode Island Hospital participates in evaluative tools administered by the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) program of the American College of Surgeons. This program helps to measure and improve the quality of Rhode Island Hospital's surgical care and provides crucial information on how the hospital compares to other hospitals nationally.

    The program employs a prospective, peer-controlled, validated database to quantify 30-day risk-adjusted surgical outcomes, which allows a valid comparison of outcomes. Rhode Island Hospital and its surgical staff are provided with the tools, reports, analysis, and support by NSQIP so we are better able to make informed decisions about improving quality of care at the hospital.

    Key areas include:

    • Data collection: Data is collected by trained surgical clinical reviewers at Rhode Island Hospital to determine risk factors and other variables.
    • Data monitoring and validation: Once this data is collected it is sent through a secure web-based system with built-in checks and user information to ensure completeness and validity of the data.
    • Report generation and data analysis: Rhode Island Hospital receives reports from NSQIP that allow it to compare how its surgical programs match up against peer hospitals with local and national averages.
    • Feedback: Feeback on Rhode Island Hospital's surgical programs include one-to-one support services, online training and testing, conference calls, and an annual national conference. In addition, NSQIP committees encourage participants, surgical specialty groups, and others to share their experience and expertise.