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Health Agencies Update
September 28, 2005

Surgical Complications

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1481. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1481-b

A partnership of public and private health care organizations has launched a project to reduce surgical complications by 25% by 2010. The Surgical Care and Improvement Project (SCIP) is designed to provide hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers with effective strategies to reduce four common surgical complications: surgical wound infections, blood clots, perioperative myocardial infarctions, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. SCIP participants based the current strategies on the best available science and will refine and improve them as new scientific information becomes available.

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