Outpatient Surgical Care Improvement Project (OP SCIP)

Prevention of Post-Surgical Infections

With surgery, one of the biggest concerns is post-surgical infection. These infections can raise the risk of complications after surgery.

Administering Timely Medication

What are we measuring?

The percent of outpatient surgery patients who receive preventative antibiotics within one hour prior to surgical incision.

Why is this important?

Patients can develop infections when they undergo surgery. Hospitals can help to prevent infections by giving a preventative antibiotic shortly before surgery.

Selecting Appropriate Antibiotics

What are we measuring?

The percent of outpatient surgical patients receiving appropriate antibiotics.

Why is this important?

The appropriateness of an antibiotic depends on the each individual patient and the type of procedure being performed. By selecting and administering antibiotics that meet current guidelines, hospitals can reduce the risk of an infection after surgery.

Performing Blood Cultures

What are we measuring?
Percent of pneumonia patients having blood cultures drawn prior to their first antibiotic in the hospital.

Why is this important?
Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia. Hospitals should complete a blood culture test to attempt to determine which bacteria may have caused pneumonia and to determine which antibiotic will work best. Blood cultures do not always show the bacteria, but positive blood cultures will help determine how to best treat the pneumonia and if any precautions are necessary to prevent the spread of illness.

Choosing Appropriate Antibiotics

What are we measuring?
Percent of pneumonia patients given the correct antibiotics upon arrival to the hospital.

Why is this important?
Pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Hospitals should choose the antibiotics that best treat the type of bacteria causing the infection for each pneumonia patient.

Administering Timely Medication

What are we measuring?
The percent of pneumonia patients that receive antibiotics within six hours of arrival to the hospital.

Why is this important?
Patients who have pneumonia caused by bacteria need to receive antibiotics as soon as possible. Timely administration of antibiotics reduces the risk of serious complications.

Pneumococcal Vaccinations

What are we measuring?
The percent of pneumonia patients 65 years and older who were assessed and given the pneumococcal vaccine, if indicated.

Why is this important?
The pneumococcal vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of a serious pneumonia infections. Inpatient hospitalization represents an opportunity to provide screening and immunization against pneumonia, and possibly prevent future admissions to the hospital.

Influenza (Flu) Vaccinations

What are we measuring?
The percent of pneumonia patients 50 years and older who were assessed and given the flu vaccine, if indicated. This measure only applies to patients hospitalized October through February.

Why is this important?
The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of a catching the flu. Inpatient hospitalization represents an opportunity to provide screening and immunization against the flu.

Advice to Stop Smoking

What are we measuring?
Percent of pneumonia patients given smoking cessation advice and counseling.

Why is this important?
Patients who stop smoking have a better prognosis than those who do not quit. Hospitals can help patients reduce their risk of future pneumonia and improve their condition by counseling them to stop smoking.


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