The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) is now in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The ACS TQIP program reached this milestone on Aug. 2 with the addition of Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md., a Level III TQIP Site.
The TQIP pilot program began in 2009 with 23 centers, and the full TQIP program launched in 2010 with 65 centers. In 2014, Pediatric TQIP was added, and on July 1 of this year, Level III TQIP was launched. TQIP now has 561 enrolled sites (420 Level I and II Adult Sites, 40 Level III Sites, and 101 Pediatric Sites) and anticipates continued growth this year.
TQIP standardizes the collection and measurement of trauma data to generate quality improvement strategies and reduce disparities in trauma care nationwide. TQIP collects data from trauma centers, provides feedback about center performance, and identifies institutional improvements for better patient outcomes. TQIP provides hospitals with risk-adjusted benchmarking for accurate national comparisons. In addition, TQIP provides education and training to help trauma center staff improve the quality of their data and accurately interpret their benchmark reports. The program fosters clinical improvements with the support of Best Practice Guidelines (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/tqip/best-practice), which allow enrolled centers to network and share best practice information at the TQIP annual meeting (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/tqip/meeting) through the TQIP Google group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/trauma-quality-improvement-progr...), and in Web conferences.