Cook County Health (CCH) Board Meeting
March 25, 2022
Enrolled in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), since 2014, Stroger is now winning big for patients by decreasing surgical site infection rate from 1.5 times the national (NSQIP) average in 2016 to 0.77 of the rate in 2022! Annual Stroger savings of $237,210 with avoidance of prolonged hospital & ICU stay and even death of patients who suffer from post-op wound infections is the bonus. Accomplished by implementation of rigorous procedures for disinfection of skin prior to surgery, additional pre and post-op antibiotics, changes of gowns, gloves and instruments twice: for surgery and again for wound closure and patient education were key elements of this successful plan. Surgeon Wille notes that this is an ongoing process, with direct comparisons of outcomes to other hospitals nationally on the numerous targets of enhanced quality with decreased cost that are being studied. Initially there was skepticism of the program Dr. Fegan, Chief Medical Officer, at CCH commented but the successes are now making believers of surgeons from all CCH specialties. CCH’s low rate of surgical morbidity/complications for its patients places it in the top 20% of all NSQIP hospitals for 2021.
Highlights from Board Reports:
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observer - Susan Kern, MD
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