July 19, 2022
This year’s ACS Quality and Safety Conference in Chicago attracted approximately 1,000 in-person attendees and more than 400 virtual attendees. They participated in a wealth of learning opportunities—from deep dives on the new ACS Quality Verification Program to tips on standardization, addressing planetary health in surgery, leadership pearls, and achieving quality through health equity. The live program also offered attendees the opportunity to meet old friends and network with new colleagues, providing content and activities of interest to all members of the surgical quality and patient safety team.
At the conference’s Opening Session, Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, spoke about the three-part quality and safety paradigm that would inform the conference’s varied sessions. It requires the surgical team to always provide the best patient care possible; evaluate of data and metrics to learn where your care is already good, but also where it is not at the level you want it to be; and, importantly to the ACS’s recent efforts with the QVP, use evidence-based, effective models to improve.
“If you want to have useful, sustained quality improvement, you need to conduct improvement well,” Dr. Ko said. “If we don’t conduct improvement well, we won’t improve, and we won’t change.”
You can view some of session highlights at this year’s conference on the ACS website. The web page also features an evolving collection of the impressive social media posts from the Quality and Safety Conference. Be part of the conversation by using #ACSQSC22.
Mark your calendar for August 15. That’s when the on-demand sessions from conference will be available. Conference attendees will be able to revisit sessions or view some that took place concurrently during the live event. If you were unable to attend the conference, you will have another opportunity to see some of this year’s most significant quality and safety content. Learn more.