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CUSP for Safe Surgery

surgeons in operating room

Of the nearly 50 million people in the United States who have surgery each year, approximately one million develop serious complications and more than 150,000 die within 30 days. Through its ACTION II program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in fall 2011 funded CUSP for Safe Surgery, a four-year national project to reduce surgical-site infections (SSIs) and other complications in hospitals across the United States.

The project team includes world-renowned experts from the Armstrong Institute, the American College of Surgeons, the University of Pennsylvania and the World Health Organization Patient Safety Programme. In addition, the team includes faculty who helped develop and implement the Department of Defense and AHRQ-funded TeamSTEPPS team training program.

This project has recruited more than 250 hospitals in 37 states.

These hospitals are working with a team of national experts, in such areas as surgical evidence and quality improvement tools, while devising solutions that work best within their local context. Teams adopt the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), an approach created at Johns Hopkins for improving safety culture and engaging frontline clinicians to identify and mitigate defects in care delivery. Using CUSP, a Johns Hopkins Hospital team reduced SSIs in colorectal procedures by 33 percent.

Project Portal

If your team is currently participating in SUSP or you would like to review presentations, tools and other content from the project, visit the SUSP project website.