Quality & Monitoring | Palo Alto Surgecenter
In 2012, the federal government began to require data tracking for ambulatory surgery centers in the following areas: hospitalization rates, wrong site/wrong side rates, antibiotic use, burns and falls. The Surgecenter of Palo Alto began tracking this information long before it was required as a way to improve outcomes and ensure we are providing the best care for our patients.
The Surgecenter’s hospitalization rates for the past several years are very low. Over the past eight years the rate has ranged from zero percent to about a quarter of one percent:
The Surgecenter’s patient injury rates are also very low. For example, between 2005 and 2012, patient fall rates ranged between zero and just under two-tenths of one percent, and patient burn rates were minimal:
Additionally, the Surgecenter’s surgical site infection prevention program is part of an ongoing effort to identify root causes and initiate system improvements. This includes ensuring antibiotics are administered correctly, at the right time and dose. As a result of tracking our progress and modifying protocols in response to findings, the Surgecenter’s infection rate has decreased steadily over time: