Surgical Care Improvement is a national quality initiative with the purpose of improving surgical care by significantly reducing surgical complications. Of the 40 million inpatient and outpatient surgeries conducted each year, tens of thousands result in postoperative complications. The inpatient surgery initiative is focused on preventing complications in four areas that comprise 40 percent of the most common complications after major inpatient surgery: infection, blood clots, and adverse cardiac and respiratory events. Additonal data is available for outpatient surgeries in the areas of antibiotic selection and antibiotic timing.
Overall surgical care data for selected inpatient surgeries and outpatient surgeries are presented in the tables below. For data related to specific inpatient surgeries, please go to one of the following pages:
* MSHA and facility data are for the period from July 2011 - June 2012. National average and state average data are for the most recently published period of October 2010-September 2011. The national average and state average data are provided by Hospital Compare, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which reports results from hospitals submitting data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).