Today the American College of Surgeons issued the following comment on the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s wrong site surgery project:
NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“The American College of Surgeons welcomes the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s wrong site surgery project, because it adds to our understanding of the issues surrounding surgical patient safety. The better we understand the issues, the more effective the surgical community can be in cultivating a culture of patient safety, which is our highest priority.”
-- David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, executive director, American College of Surgeons
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.