Message from Margaret Hudlin, MD
Margaret Hudlin, MD
"Surgeons and anesthesiologists at UMass Memorial Medical Center work as a team to deliver excellent and safe care to our surgical patients. We measure our performance in several ways. We participate in methods for tracking improvements, including the American College of Surgeons National Safety Quality Improvement Program and the Surgical Care Improvement Program performance measures.
"We have seen major improvements in the processes of care for our surgical patients over the past year. In five of the six measures tracked through the Surgical Care Improvement Project, which have been shown to corellate with improved surgical outcomes, we are above both state and national averages.
"The sixth measure that we are currently working on involves ensuring that antibiotics are stopped 24 hours after surgery. We will continue our quality improvement efforts to monitor our progress in all of these measures."
Margaret Hudlin, MD, is the UMass Memorial physician quality officer. She is also an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
To learn more about surgical care quality and outcomes measures, use the list to the right.