New AHRQ Toolkit Helps Improve Patient Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
A new AHRQ toolkit is now available to help ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) make care safer for their patients. The AHRQ Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers helps ASCs implement and sustain cultural and technical interventions surrounding the safe surgery checklist, which ASCs should use during three critical perioperative periods for all patients. The toolkit incorporates the proven principles and methods of AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program with guidance, tools, and training materials to support change on the front lines of care. Topics such as teamwork and communication, coaching clinical teams, patient and family engagement, and sustainability are included in the toolkit, with additional resources focused on infection prevention and endoscopy. The toolkit, which links to AHRQ's Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture, was developed based on the experiences of 665 ASCs that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery Centers project. A blog by AHRQ's Dr. Jeffrey Brady provides more detail on the new toolkit.