The National Quality Forum has endorsed three new performance measures under its Surgical Care Improvement Project as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage a consensus on standards in the healthcare industry.
The three new performance measures are: use of beta-blocker therapy prior to admission on patients who received a beta blocker during the perioperative period; administer controlled 6 a.m. postoperative serum glucose to cardiac-surgery patients; and ensure appropriate hair removal for surgical patients.
The standards were considered through the forums consensus-development process with input from multiple healthcare stakeholders, including providers, consumer groups, associations, purchasers, federal agencies and research and quality improvement organizations. Any recommendations for reconsideration of the new standards must be submitted in writing to the NQFs Washington office by 6 p.m. EST Nov. 25. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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