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Innovation in Safety: Safety in Innovation
January 2015

Surgical Quality Measurement: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Surgical Medical Acute Care Research and Transitions, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(1):58. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2914

Surgical site infection (SSI) prevention has been a national priority for more than a decade. Substantial resources and importance have been placed on the Surgical Care Improvement Project’s infection prevention measures. Unfortunately, little evidence exists that widespread adoption of these measures has resulted in reduced SSI rates.1 As such, the national focus for surgical quality measurement is shifting toward measuring and reporting outcomes, with SSI leading the way.

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