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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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The recent ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit was a great success. Why? Previously, the College changed its focus from reimbursement and medical liability reform to patient quality, safety and cost containment (PQ, S and CC) because reimbursement and medical liability are not public priorities and, therefore, not highly valued to Congressional members seeking re-election. PQ, S and CC are important to everyone and align with longstanding College principles. However, we needed congressional access. The College succeeded through hard work from the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy and the Health Policy and Advocacy Group (HPAG). Important congressional committee members now seek our input on current policy debates.

—Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, Past-HPAG Chair and Past-Member, Board of Regents

Surgeon Voices: The Historic First Human Tracheal Transplant

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews Eric M. Genden, MD, MHA, FACS, Dr. Isidore Friesner Professor and System Chairman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, on being part of the surgical team that performed the first human tracheal transplant surgery.

Participate in Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Survey to Determine Prevalence of Perioperative Workplace Violence

By Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), Vice-Chair, ACS Physician Competency and Health Workgroup

Health care workers (HCWs) are more susceptible to workplace violence than any other professionals. Although HCWs comprise 13 percent of the total workforce, they report 60 percent of the workplace violence. This environment and experience affect not only health care team members' safety, but patient safety as well. Although increasing information regarding health care workplace violence is available in other domains (such as the emergency room), virtually no data report on the perioperative domain.

A 2018 survey of anesthesiologists found a 20 percent prevalence of physical workplace violence and a 69 percent prevalence of non-physical workplace violence. The study called for a broader effort to survey the prevalence of workplace violence across the entire perioperative team.

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is conducting that survey June 14−July 19. This survey will be simultaneously open for responses across the entire perioperative team—surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical physician assistants, operating room and perioperative nurses, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology assistants, anesthesia technicians and surgical technologists.

All U.S members, residents and Fellows of the ACS are invited to participate in this four-minute survey. Initially, the survey is limited to the U.S in anticipation of broadening it to an international reach in the future.

Ultimately, the goal is to expand resources for developing effective responses and solutions to eliminate workplace violence as part of clinician safety.

Access the survey