Florida launches initiative to improve surgical safety

Florida hospitals and surgeons launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state.  The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.

FSCI will focus on four key areas:

  • Surgical site infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Colorectal surgery outcomes
  • Elderly surgery outcomes

The four FSCI measures were developed by the ACS in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The goal of FSCI is to reduce complications and improve care for surgical patients by implementing best practices. This will help reduce the high costs associated with complications.

(Source: FHA News, http://fha.org, May 18, 2010)