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Surgical Services - Quality & Safety

Berkshire Medical Center is dedicated to the highest standards of quality, with a relentless focus on performance measures before, during and after surgery that are driving exceptional patient results.  

The hospital documents and publicly reports its performance in all evidenced-based protocols that improve patient outcomes. In fact, BMC was an "early adapter" of many processes that manage the care of surgical patients, reduce the risk of complications and lead to quicker recoveries. Among several quality initiatives in place in the Department of Surgery is the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).

A national quality partnership designed to save lives by reducing the incidence of surgical complications, the SCIP program is a resounding success at BMC. And like many other effective hospital programs, collaboration among caregivers is at the heart of the initiative. 

A SCIP task force was formed in 2006, with representatives from Anesthesia, Surgery, Operating Room, Pre-Surgical Area, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Pre-Admission Testing, Pharmacy, Nursing Education and Quality Improvement. Together, they collect significant data that determines how well BMC is implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices designed to enhance patient outcomes. 

In addition, BMC is a member of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Program, which collects data on 135 variables, including preoperative risk factors and other variables, and 30-day postoperative outcomes for patients undergoing major surgical procedures. After collection, the data is analyzed and reviewed.


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