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Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Your Journey Begins Here

It begins with a mindset—a mindset that you, the surgeon, own the outcome. You are the leader. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for delivering safe, high-quality, high-reliability care.

But leading today looks much different than it did even a decade ago. Today, you cannot be out in front of the team, you must lead from within the team, working in concert with other health care professionals, the patient, and the patient’s family. Today, your world is multidisciplinary, and the continuum of care is much longer and more complex than ever. The regulatory pressure you face is unprecedented. No one ever said that establishing a patient- and surgeon-driven culture was going to be easy, but the rewards will be there. Guaranteed.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and SafetyOrder Your Manual Today

Editors: David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS
Co-Editors: R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS; Robert Cherry, MD, FACS; Diane Schneidman; Mehwesh Khalid

The Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual builds on the College’s long tradition of developing successful quality programs for improving surgical care. The publication is the work of more than 100 contributing authors who are advocates of the health care quality movement and was developed as a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices.

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The Journey to ACS Quality Verification

The Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety or “Red Book” manual serves as the source material for a new verification program offered by the ACS, known as the ACS Quality Verification Program (ACS QVP). Twelve salient elements from the Red Book have been adapted as the ACS QVP standards provide a proven, standardized method for establishing, measuring, and improving your hospital’s quality infrastructure across all surgical departments. Learn more about the ACS QVP Standards and how to become a verified ACS QVP hospital at