Surgical quality improvement efforts helped by online tool

An online system that tracks surgical complications and patterns of adverse events may help clinicians improve care, according to a study published in the April Archives of Surgery. For the study, researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues tracked adverse outcome data at a metropolitan tertiary care center between September 2005 and August 2007 and, although researchers found that only 25% of complications and 42% of deaths were entered into the online system, the tool identified patterns of complications not detected from morbidity and mortality reports and found several patterns from anonymously submitted information.


Click here for the news article in MedPage Today, and click here for the abstract in Archives of Surgery.


(SOURCES: The Advisory Board,, April 21, 2009; MedPage Today,, April 20, 2009)