NSQIP Database May Improve Pediatric Surgical Outcomes

A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program's pediatric database could spur dramatic improvement in surgical outcomes in kids, according to a report from Science Codex.


The database began as a surgeon-led initiative, when the American College of Surgeons decided to create a national quality resource to improve pediatric care. The pilot program began in 2008 with four hospitals and now includes 43 institutions.

The database's risk-adjusted modeling for predicting post-surgical complications and comorbidities is configured specifically for pediatric patients, who react to surgery differently than adults. Hospitals can calculate results for complications and comorbidities and compare them to results from other institutions. Such comparisons have improved pediatric surgical outcomes among participating hospitals.

After five years of data analysis using 46,281 pediatric patients, the ACS is inviting other institutions to join the database in the name of quality improvement.

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