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

Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery

Making Practice Guidelines Accessible

Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) helps you improve surgical quality through quick, easy-to-follow modules that make guideline-based practices less cumbersome. EBDS includes point-of-care modules for the top 20 most common general surgical procedures. 

Each module in EBDS is based on evidence that helps you quickly understand a practice guideline. Instead of going through the 100-250 pages of most practice guidelines, EBDS takes you through step-by-step modules, helping you put the content into practice more easily.

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Use EBDS Anytime, Anywhere

EBDS is now available as a convenient digital book, featuring updated modules as new guidelines become available. If you ever have trouble with the WIFI connection in your hospital, this new format will be accessible by your side whenever you need it. The updated EBDS Digital Book is available for $100. Get your copy today!

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The EBDS modules were developed through a rigorous multi-step process, including contributions from experts on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors and the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery. EBDS is not intended to reflect standards of care as defined by the ACS but to serve as educational resources that practicing surgeons may use within the context of their respective practices. These guidelines should be used when appropriate based on the surgical condition and the surgeon’s experience, as well as needs and preferences of individual patients.