December 2004 Bulletin

AAOS partnering in Surgical Care Improvement Project

The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) is a national quality partnership designed to prevent postoperative complications in the United States. The partnership has set a goal of reducing surgical complications by 25 percent nationally by the year 2010 in four target areas: surgical site infections, and cardiac, respiratory, and venous thromboembolic complications.

The AAOS is an active partner in the development of SCIP. A national SCIP steering committee has been working together since 2003 to develop a quality improvement framework to improve both patient safety and the quality of care for surgical services nationwide. The official launch is scheduled for summer 2005, but several developmental activities are currently underway. These projects include:

The SCIP steering committee consists of 10 public and private organizations, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Jason Calhoun, MD, chair of the AAOS Infections Committee, serves on the project.

Preliminary information about SCIP was presented to the medical community for the first time this fall by David Hunt, MD, FACS, medical officer with the CMS Quality Improvement Group.

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