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Strong for Surgery

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is now the new home for Strong for Surgery, and will administer and promote it as a quality initiative aimed at identifying and evaluating evidence-based practices to optimize the health of patients before surgery.

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Strong for Surgery empowers hospitals and clinics to integrate checklists into the preoperative phase of clinical practice for elective operations. The checklists are used to screen patients for potential risk factors that can lead to surgical complications, and to provide appropriate interventions to ensure better surgical outcomes. The checklists target eight areas known to be highly influential determinants of surgical outcomes:

  • Nutrition
  • Glycemic Control
  • Medication Management
  • Smoking Cessation

Released November 2018:

  • Safe and Effective Pain Management after Surgery
  • Delirium
  • Prehabilitation
  • Patient Directives

Research News

When surgeons get involved, the Strong for Surgery program shows promise in dramatically reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery.

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