A new surgical registry launched by the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) has the potential to yield important new data on patient outcomes. The database, called the SAMBA Clinical Outcomes Registry, or SCOR, has already gathered enough information to paint a more detailed portrait of American surgical procedures than was previously possible.
Since its creation in 2010, SCOR has grown to include 38,000 cases. Its data offers a detailed quantitative picture, indicating that the average surgery lasts 38 minutes from the first incision, followed by a stay averaging 45 minutes in the post-anesthesia recovery unit. The registry also offers ample data on the incidence of adverse postsurgical effects, such as nausea. SAMBA plans to continue growing the database and intends to use the information it ultimately collects to develop national benchmarks along with tools for practitioners to measure their own performance, potentially improving the quality of surgical procedures nationwide.
About John Gerancher:
As a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, John Charles Gerancher, also known as J.C., has conducted research on a variety of surgical procedures.