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Beyond morbidity and mortality: Measuring processes and procedure specifics in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric (NSQIPP)

      In 2006, the American College of Surgeons developed the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric (ACS-NSQIPP) for specialties in children's surgery with a stated goal to “enable participating hospitals to collect highly reliable clinical data and compare their surgical outcomes with outcomes of other participants.” [
      • Raval M.V.
      • Dillon P.W.
      • Bruny J.L.
      • Ko C.Y.
      • Hall B.L.
      • Moss R.L.
      • et al.
      Pediatric American College of Surgeons national surgical quality improvement program: feasibility of a novel, prospective assessment of surgical outcomes.
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      • Bruny J.L.
      • Hall B.L.
      • Barnhart D.C.
      • Billmire D.F.
      • Dias M.S.
      • Dillon P.W.
      • et al.
      American College of Surgeons national surgical quality improvement program pediatric: a beta phase report.
      ] Initially piloted at four children's hospitals, ACS-NSQIPP has expanded to 141 participating sites and includes more than 340 data points for children undergoing major surgical procedures [
      • ACosNSQIP P.
      ]. Thirty-day post-operative outcomes (e.g. surgical site infections, unplanned reoperations, and mortality) are reported for select procedures. ACS-NSQIPP provides a unique opportunity to promote high-quality pediatric surgical outcomes across the United States and internationally.
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