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New Standards for Children’s Surgery Verification Released

New document paves the way for centers to apply online for verification


CHICAGO (January 21, 2016): The Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program, a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released its latest standards document, Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care. The standards set forth in this document are the nation’s first and only multispecialty standards for children’s surgical care.

“This is the first time ever that there has been a formal delineation of resource standards that relate specifically to children’s surgical care across all relevant disciplines,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, Chair of the Children’s Surgery Verification Program and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. “The vision is to see that every child receiving surgical care receives quality care in an environment with resources matched to his or her individual needs”

These standards, developed by the ACS in collaboration with the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care, seek to improve surgical care for children surgical patients. The new document includes revisions to the 2014 standards document and updates from lessons learned during the pilot phase of the program, such as the need for alternative training pathways for anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and radiology. The new standards also clearly state the safety data elements required for all level designations.

The pilot phase of the program was launched in April 2015. Within one month six pilot site visits were completed at diverse organizations to thoroughly review the draft standards.  The new standards document comes in advance of the online application—a pre-review questionnaire for centers seeking designation through the Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program—expected to launch later this year.

“The standards presented in this document are the basis for the Children's Surgery Verification Program, for which the American College of Surgeons will visit centers periodically and verify that relevant standards are met and related quality improvement mechanisms are in place,” said Dr. Oldham.

To access these standards, visit

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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 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit


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