National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) was implemented in 2011 as a measurement system to help understand the safety and effectiveness dimensions of surgical quality in British Columbia. NSQIP was selected from a variety of measurement options due to of its cross-specialty focus, strong data collection platform and ability to risk-adjust for comparison. It is being used at 24 hospitals across the province to monitor patient outcomes for 30 days after surgery.
We have supported 24 hospitals across BC to participate in NSQIP since the program was implemented in the province in 2011. They contribute data, receive reports and undertake improvement efforts and, to support their efforts, we developed a surgical improvement strategy that includes: building networks of point-of-care teams and surgeon champions to lead improvement; clinically-focused initiatives to reduce adverse outcomes and complications; and improving culture, teamwork, and communication in the surgical environment.