Patient Safety at Madison Women’s Health
Madison Women’s Health has earned the distinction of being SCOPE certified through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). We are the first and only clinic in Wisconsin that holds this distinction, and only one of 38 in the nation.
SCOPE, which stands for “Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence”, is a health-focused safety and quality certification program for individual and group OB/GYN offices. The voluntary review program helps OB/GYNs institute new processes based on their individual settings and needs to ensure that their staff and offices are operating in line with current patient safety criteria. Patient safety is of particular concern when considering office-based surgery.
Recent advances in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery techniques have made procedures once available only in the hospital setting—such as tubal sterilization, endometrial ablation for heavy periods, and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) for precancerous cervical conditions—a feasible and popular offering at the OB/GYN office. Today, roughly 30 percent of gynecologic surgeries are in-office.
“Adverse events are 10 times more likely to occur in an office setting than in the hospital,” said James T. Breeden, MD, president elect of ACOG. “In many ways, the area of office-based surgery is young, and the checks and balances that have existed for years in hospitals have not been as well-established for the office setting. The SCOPE program is ACOG’s effort to improve in-office patient safety procedures,” Dr. Breeden added.
Your Safety is a Top Priority
We take patient safety seriously, and our certification ensures that your care will be provided in a safe and caring environment.