BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

Tackling Complex Problems with Team-Based Solutions: NSQIP in BC 2014
Most NSQIP sites have been reviewing their outcomes for over 3 years and face the additional challenge of determining the best ways to sustain early successes while addressing new focus areas for improvement. The commitment of NSQIP teams, and the frontline staff they work with, is detailed in these success stories.

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in BC: 2.5 Years after Start-up
This report collates the findings from the July 2013 risk adjusted reports and local stories across 23 sites.


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

Key Contacts:

Surgical Quality Leader
Kimberly McKinley
(778) 476.1072

Quality Leader
Geoff Schierbeck
(250) 767.3211

Program Assistant
Ben Breslin
(604) 668.8241