American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, MD, has launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR). This surgical quality improvement program is funded and guided by AHRQ.

The AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR supports hospitals in implementing perioperative evidence-based pathways to meaningfully improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital length-of-stay, and improve the patient experience. Hospitals within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, participate across the following service lines:

  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Gynecology
  • Emergency General Surgery

Participating hospitals have access to U.S. leaders in enhanced recovery, including representatives of surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing; prototype enhanced recovery pathways based on up-to-date evidence review; literature to support pathways; tools and educational materials to facilitate implementation; quality improvement support from a nurse consultant; and coaching calls to support hospital work.

Contact iscr@facs.org for additional information.