ABSTRACT: The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) was designed to reduce perioperative complications. We describe our institutional experience in 6 major areas: surgical site infection, venous thromboembolism prevention, use of perioperative beta-blockade, serum glucose level greater than 200 mg/dL, normothermia, and the use of electric razors for hair removal.
This was a retrospective review of surgical cases. Evidence-based training and standardization of system and process were undertaken. Compliance with SCIP guidelines was determined.
Overall SCIP compliance improved from 80% to 94% over a 2-year period. Standardized antibiotic dosing times improved compliance to more than 90%. Appropriate preoperative antibiotic choice improved to 100%. Cessation of antibiotics postoperatively within 24 hours remains a difficult task. Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis has been difficult to achieve because of postoperative bleeding concerns. Administration of beta-blockers has remained one of the most difficult problems to correct because of the multiplicity of avenues by which a patient may arrive to the operating suite.
Achievement of the SCIP goals is a formidable, but achievable, process requiring individual, cultural, systems, and institutional changes to achieve success.
American journal of surgery 12/2009; 198(6):881-8. · 2.36 Impact Factor