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Optimizing Resources in Children's Surgical Care: An Update on the American College of Surgeons' Verification Program. Pediatrics 2020 05;145(5)

Date

04/22/2020

Pubmed ID

32312909

DOI

10.1542/peds.2020-0708

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85086884461   7 Citations

Abstract

Surgical procedures are performed in the United States in a wide variety of clinical settings and with variation in clinical outcomes. In May 2012, the Task Force for Children's Surgical Care, an ad hoc multidisciplinary group comprising physicians representing specialties relevant to pediatric perioperative care, was convened to generate recommendations to optimize the delivery of children's surgical care. This group generated a white paper detailing the consensus opinions of the involved experts. Following these initial recommendations, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Children's Hospital Association, and Task Force for Children's Surgical Care, with input from all related perioperative specialties, developed and published specific and detailed resource and quality standards designed to improve children's surgical care (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/childrens-surgery/childrens-surgery-verification). In 2015, with the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/6/e1538), the ACS established a pilot verification program. In January 2017, after completion of the pilot program, the ACS Children's Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program was officially launched. Verified sites are listed on the program Web site at https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/childrens-surgery/childrens-surgery-verification/centers, and more than 150 are interested in verification. This report provides an update on the ACS Children's Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program as it continues to evolve.

Author List

Wang KS, Cummings J, Stark A, Houck C, Oldham K, Grant C, Fallat M, SECTION ON SURGERY, COMMITTEE ON FETUS AND NEWBORN, SECTION ON ANESTHESIOLOGY AND PAIN MEDICINE

Authors

Christina D. Diaz MD Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Keith T. Oldham MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child
Child Health
Health Resources
Hospitals, Pediatric
Humans
Quality Improvement
Specialties, Surgical
Surgeons
United States