More than 21,000 surgeries were done at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's medical centers in 2009. In an effort to provide the best care possible, Lahey has long participated in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), a national quality initiative that seeks to reduce complications from surgery.
For example, research has shown that effective use of antibiotics before and after surgery can greatly reduce the risk of getting an infection. SCIP standards call for using the right antibiotic, and starting and stopping it at the right time.
SCIP standards also address deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot that can block the flow of blood in a vein, causing swelling and pain. In the most serious complication, a blood clot can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs. SCIP standards include the use of medications to prevent blood clots in surgical patients when appropriate.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collects data related to SCIP standards. These results are reported on the department’s public Web site, Hospital Compare.
The most recently reported SCIP performance data cover the period of October 2008 through September 2009. During this period
- Lahey Hospital & Medical Center performed better than the average for all reporting hospitals in the U.S. in 8 of the 10 quality measures.
- Lahey performed better than the average for all reporting hospitals in Massachusetts in 7 out of the 10 quality measures.
View Lahey's performance on the SCIP measures.
The Leapfrog Group sets volume standards for certain high-risk surgeries. Hospitals report their volumes via the Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey. View Lahey's most recently reported volume data.