Many of the nearly 30 million operations performed each year have surgical care complications. Each complication can increase the length of hospital stay, the likelihood of a critical care admission, the incidence of readmission, and the risk of death.
It is estimated that 50% of surgical complications can be prevented with appropriate interventions. Baystate Health (BH) participates in the nationwide quality improvement initiative, the “Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP),” led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the quality of care surgical patients receive by ensuring that each surgical patient gets the right care at the right time.
Since 2004, all Baystate Health facilities have been publicly reporting Surgical Care Improvement Project data through the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who has inpatient surgery at a Baystate Health facility receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.