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

Quality Programs

Improving the quality of surgical care leads to greater access for patients, fewer complications, and better outcomes, thus lowering the cost of care. For nearly a century the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has implemented leading quality improvement programs.

ACS programs have improved quality in trauma, cancer, and breast care; bariatric surgery; and overall surgical care.

The underpinning of our quality improvement programs is based on four key principles:

  1. Set the standards.
  2. Build the right infrastructure.
  3. Use the right data.
  4. Verify with outside experts.

Learn more about the role ACS leadership has played in quality, particularly our four principles of quality improvement, and how our quality programs can help you improve the quality of surgical care for your patients. 

New Resource

The ACS has released Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety to guide surgeons in leading surgical quality improvement and patient safety efforts in their institutions, departments, and practices. Our collaborative manual from 135 contributing authors draws on principles for achieving surgical excellence. 

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