Surgical Care Quality
Providing the best surgical care has always been a priority at Pardee Hospital. Providing the best surgical care requires dedication to the constant improvement and monitoring of our procedures. To do this, we have partnered with the national Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to continually monitor and improve our quality of surgical care.
What is the Surgical Care Improvement Project?
Initiated in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) founded the SCIP to decrease complications associated with postoperative infections in the Medicare population.
The CDC and CMS worked together for several years to establish a set of criteria for surgical patient care to reduce the risk of surgical complications.
Participating hospitals are required to provide CMS with data that confirms they are following the criteria and are compliant with the standards set by the SCIP initiative.
There are four SCIP surgical core standards that hospitals must regularly report to CMS. The standards dictate that patients must receive antibiotics and drugs to prevent blood clots both before and after surgery.
We continue to exceed all recommended standards. A task force of Pardee nurses, physicians and directors works diligently to review data, processes and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure continued success in meeting the SCIP standards.