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Better surgical measures needed, study says
Modern Healthcare

A study has found little evidence linking adherence to Surgical Care Improvement Project measures with lower rates of postoperative infections. The study’s authors highlighted the need for improved measures that better gauge performance. Created in 2006, the Surgical Care Improvement Project, or SCIP, is a collaborative quality initiative aimed at improving surgical patient outcomes. Of SCIP’s nine publicly reported measures, six relate specifically to infection prevention including administration of prophylactic antibiotics within one hour prior to surgery and preoperative surgical site hair removal.