BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Working Together. Accelerating Improvement


What is NSQIP?
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is being implemented by 24 sites across BC as the key measurement tool to improve surgical quality.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, this comprehensive surgical database and quality improvement program provides actionable data that is used to drive improvement and show where to focus our energy.

ACS NSQIP is highly regarded due to its rigor in statistical risk adjustment of outcomes and reliance on clinical data from chart reviews. The program uses a peer-controlled, validated database to measure pre-operative risk factors, intra-operative variables and 30 day post-operative outcomes. This information helps organizations measure and understand their own outcomes and validly compare their outcomes to benchmarks with other participating sites.

In 2006, three sites from Fraser Health were the first facilities in BC to join the more than 380 hospitals enrolled in ACS NSQIP. Currently there are other sites outside of BC participating, including Jewish General Hospital in Montrea, and the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre. Many other sites are currently exploring the implementation of ACS NSQIP.

The American College of Surgeons on NSQIP

At a Glance

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Surgical Lead
Dr. Doug Cochrane

Surgical Lead
Dr. Peter Doris MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
(604) 583.1168

Surgical Lead
Dr. John Kestle MD, FRCSC, FACS
(604) 875.4136

Marlies van Dijk, RN, MSc
(604) 668.8228

Quality Leader
Geoff Schierbeck

SCR Liaison and Data Support
Kimberly McKinley
(250) 492.4000 ext 2772|

Program Assistant
Corrina Hayden
(604) 668.8223