Lahey Hospital & Medical Center performs more than 20,000 surgeries each year. This includes more than 1,000 colorectal, neurological, orthopedic, vascular, and urological surgeries, and more than 500 cardiothoracic, gynecologic, and otolaryngology surgeries. To provide the best care possible, we have long participated in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), a national initiative seeking to reduce complications from surgery.
Examples of SCIP standards followed by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center include the following:
- Effectively using antibiotics before and after surgery to reduce the risk of infection. This means using the right antibiotic, and starting and stopping it at the right time.
- Using medications to prevent blood clots in surgical patients when appropriate. Blood clots can block the flow of blood in a vein, causing swelling and pain. In serious cases, the clot can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collects data related to SCIP standards.
Timely Surgical Care
Appropriate Surgical Care
Blood Clot Prevention
Blood Clot Treatment