Back to Top Skip to main content

Improving surgical safety

Medical personnel conduct a procedure at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center operating room. Eisenhower AMC was recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for its surgical safety and quality of care for the second year in a row. (U.S. Army photo by John Corley) Medical personnel conduct a procedure at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center operating room. Eisenhower AMC was recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for its surgical safety and quality of care for the second year in a row. (U.S. Army photo by John Corley)

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | San Antonio

Joint Base San Antonio, Texas — Army medical treatment facilities are maintaining surgical safety by using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program to monitor and compare their patient safety data.

NSQIP is a nationally validated quality improvement program created by the American College of Surgeons that measures and evaluates the care of surgical patients through the application of scientific data and comparisons of the care among participating hospitals. 

Every year NSQIP recognizes 60 of the 770 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. The Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga., has been recognized by the NSQIP for its safety initiatives and quality of care for the second year in a row. 

Other hospitals recognized in 2016 include George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, the Cleveland Clinic and the Air Force's David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California.

The Army NSQIP program is part of a military, tri-service surgical quality collaboration with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) called the Military Healthcare System's Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS). 

The MHSSPACS partnership is intended to improve educational opportunities, systems-based practices, and research capabilities in surgery. The strategic partnership will facilitate collaboration and the exchange of information between ACS and military health system to advance high-quality, cost-effective care for surgical patients.

These initiatives are directly a part of the surgical services lines at the MEDCOM level and in each medical treatment facility’s surgical department. The DoD is moving to have all DoD medical treatment facilities participate in NSQIP in the future so that there is a third party monitoring the safety outcomes for our Service Members.

Participating hospitals will be required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results will direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care. Much of the NSQIP report focuses on deaths, infections, proper procedures, falls, and returns for surgery to provide a picture of safety and quality at each facility. Data points are adjusted for the size of the facility and the services offered so a facility that doesn't have a particular service won't be penalized.

That data will be analyzed to create a composite score related to patient management in the following clinical areas: mortality, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); pneumonia, unplanned intubation, ventilator use for under 48 hours, renal failure, urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, superficial, deep incisional, and organ-space SSIs. 

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

You also may be interested in...

Two MHS providers achieve top scores in the patient experience survey

Article
6/4/2018
Recently, the MHS published its annual “Best of the Best” report, taking a closer look on MHS providers, departments and facilities who earned top honors based on JOES survey results.

The MHS recently published its annual “Best of the Best” report on medical providers

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals)

Project Sea Raven delivers cutting-edge pathogen detection technology

Article
5/31/2018
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James Bowes, senior preventive-medicine technician, places mosquitoes on a dish to view under a microscope. Project Sea Raven’s capabilities are not limited to just insects – it can test anything from blood to soil and water. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Ouellette)

Project Sea Raven is now an integral part of USNS Mercy’s microbiology capacity

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Technology | Military Hospitals and Clinics

The journey to military nursing is different for all

Article
5/9/2018
First Lt. Lizamara Bedolla, staff nurse, Surgical Ward, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, stands in one of her unit’s inpatient rooms. Bedolla, a native of Houston, was born in war-torn Nicaragua before migrating to the United States and fulfilling her dream of becoming an Army Nurse. (Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

During National Nurses Week, two Army nurses share insight into their jobs, what motivated them to make a career change, and why they love what they do.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics

Multinational surgeons participate in first robot-assisted surgery onboard USNS Mercy

Article
5/7/2018
Surgical staff assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2018 and the Sri Lankan surgical team from Base Hospital Mutur connect the probes of the Da Vinci XI Robot Surgical System to a patient during the first robot-assisted surgery while aboard the Mercy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams)

A joint team of multinational surgeons successfully completed a gall bladder removal, using a Da Vinci XI Robot Surgical System

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Migration to Defense Health Agency to modernize Army medicine, surgeon general says

Article
5/2/2018
Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, the Army Surgeon General and commanding general for Army Medical Command, addressed the Army's fiscal year 2019 funding request and budget justification before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations on Capitol Hill, April 26. (Courtesy photo provided by the Senate Appropriations Committee)

Army Medicine has the opportunity to make significant improvements in healthcare

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Military Hospitals and Clinics

New simulator preps WBAMC staff for OB emergencies

Article
5/1/2018
Regina Vadney, nurse midwife, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, evaluates a medical manikin using WBAMC's new simulation system which provides cutting-edge training to medical staff during a simulated postpartum hemorrhage scenario. The new simulation system aims to increase communication, and improve interdisciplinary and clinical performance of staff when treating obstetric emergencies. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The state-of-the-art simulator provides medical staff up to various cutting-edge training scenarios

Recommended Content:

Children's Health | Women's Health | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Surgeons general testify on medical readiness at senate hearing

Article
4/30/2018
Air Force Maj. Michael Rawlins, 60th Surgical Operations Squadron, takes out a piece of stomach during a surgery at David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force by photo Louis Briscese)

The services’ surgeons general updated senators on Capitol Hill on the needs and priorities of military health programs

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | Health Readiness

Occupational therapists showcase their grasp for your grip

Article
4/24/2018
Navy Cmdr. Christopher Keith, Naval Hospital Bremerton Director Clinical Support Services attempts his grip on the hand dynamometer to not only test his isometric strength, but more importantly, gauge for other health conditions such as cerebrovascular accident, or what is more commonly known as a stroke. (U.S. Navy photo by Douglas Stutz)

Occupational therapists use a holistic approach to rehabilitate and treat physical, psychological and even emotional injuries

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics

RESET improves pediatric care

Article
4/18/2018
Air Force Capt. Joseph Migliuri, 92nd Medical Group pediatrician, performs a wellness vision exam during a patient’s check-up at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The pediatric team has implemented a new concept of operations: rewarding, efficiency, setting priorities and empowering team members, or RESET, to their system of patient care. The integration of RESET in the Military Health System Genesis workflow has improved the clinic’s goals of patient access and care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

The aim of RESET is to improve access to care for the patient population

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Military providers seek tailored approach to treating PTSD

Article
3/14/2018
The VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for managing post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder recommends against prescribing benzodiazepines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

New tool reviews, monitors provider prescribing habits

Recommended Content:

Mental Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

From an award ceremony to panel talks, senior leaders will have presence at HIMSS

Article
3/8/2018
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of Defense Health Agency, will be honored as a recipient of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards on March 8 in Las Vegas.

Federal health, IT experts come together for discussion on hot topics

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Health IT Research and Innovation Strategy | Innovation | Patient Safety | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Research and Innovation

Advancements in telehealth improve access to healthcare

Article
2/23/2018
Air Force Medical Service Seal

Telehealth brings a range of services all working together to improve access

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Technology

Health care of the future: Virtual doctor-patient visits a reality at NCR

Article
2/20/2018
In a demonstration of the telehealth process at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, clinical staff nurse Army Lt. Maxx Mamula examines mock patient Army Master Sgt. Jason Alexander using a digital external ocular camera. The image is immediately available to a provider at Fort Gordon’s Eisenhower Medical Center, offering remote consultation. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Experts from MHS, NCR come together at Virtual Health Summit

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Technology

Air Force robotic surgery training program aims at improving patient outcomes

Article
2/9/2018
Air Force Col. Debra Lovette (left), 81st Training Wing commander, receives a briefing from Air Force 2nd Lt. Nina Hoskins, 81st Surgical Operations squadron room nurse, on robotics surgery capabilities inside the robotics surgery clinic at Keesler Medical Center, Mississippi. The training program stood up in March 2017 and has trained surgical teams within the Air Force and across the Department of the Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue).

Robotic surgery is becoming the standard of care for many specialties and procedures

Recommended Content:

Technology | Innovation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Survey indicates higher satisfaction with military medical facilities

Article
1/8/2018
Staff at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, treat patients. The 2017 results of the Defense Department’s Joint Outpatient Experience Survey show an increase in patient satisfaction with military medical facilities and pharmacy care. (U.S. Army photo)

The results of the survey show an overall increase in satisfaction

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | Access to Health Care | MHS Patient Satisfaction Surveys | MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients)
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 7

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing: Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.