AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery
This ongoing project will result in resources to reduce surgical site infections and other surgical complications within ambulatory surgery centers.
About This ProjectIn the United States, more than 25 million surgeries a year are performed in over 5,300 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). As the trend for outpatient surgery shifts from the hospital to the ambulatory surgery center setting, the need for attention to patient safety in this setting is growing. To address this challenge, AHRQ funded AHRQ's Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery, a 4-year project to apply the principles of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) in ASCs to improve the safety culture, patient experience of care, and provider and staff satisfaction. Through an educational collaborative model, the multi-cohort project will implement a surgical safety checklist-centered quality improvement intervention to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) and other major complications related to ambulatory surgery while improving teamwork and communication.
A result of the project will be a field-tested toolkit to help other ASCs address SSIs. This project is expected to end in late 2016.
Project PartnersPartners for this project include:
- Health Research and Educational Trust.
- Harvard School of Public Health.
- Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
- ASC Quality Collaboration.
- South Carolina Hospital Association.
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
- Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia.
- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
- Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
- International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management.
- Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Page last reviewed December 2014
Internet Citation: AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/ambulatory-surgery/index.html
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