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Quality Reports: Surgical Treatment of Cancer

UW Hospital and Clinics surgeons at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, rank highly in the surgical treatment of liver cancer, pancreas cancer and esophageal cancer.
 
Comparing Quality Measures
 
One set of quality measures show how well UW Hospital and Clinics surgeons perform compared to all hospitals in the following two organizations from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011:
  • American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)

In the quality measures below, a score of 90 to 100 percent indicates the hospital performed better than expected. A score of 0 to 10 percent indicates the hospital performed worse than expected.

 

UW Hospital and Clinics Results: Serious Complications

 

One of the measures shows how successful UW Hospital and Clinics surgeons are in preventing serious health complications following surgery:

  • Pancreas cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 90 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 80 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing serious health complications in their patients following surgery for pancreas cancer.
  • Liver cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 95 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 90 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing serious health complications in their patients following surgery for liver cancer.
  • Esophageal cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 65 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 47 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing serious health complications in their patients following surgery for esophageal cancer.

UW Hospital and Clinics Results: Death

 

One of the measures shows how successful UW Hospital and Clinics surgeons are in preventing death following surgery:

  • Pancreas cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 93 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 82 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing death following surgery for pancreas cancer.
  • Liver cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 99 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 95 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing death following surgery for liver cancer.
  • Esophageal cancer: UW Hospital surgeons were better than 94 percent of the NSQIP hospitals and 76 percent of the NCI hospitals at preventing death following surgery for esophageal cancer.
Why is this information important?
 
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP below) is a program that measures and improves the quality of surgical care. Studies show that hospitals that participate in the NSQIP are better at:
  • Preventing surgical complications
  • Saving lives
  • Reducing costs