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

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Editors: David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS
Co-Editors: R. Scott Jones, MD, FACS; Robert Cherry, MD, FACS; Diane Schneidman; Mehwesh Khalid

This manual builds on the College’s long tradition of developing successful quality programs for improving surgical care. The publication is the work of more than 100 contributing authors who are advocates of the health care quality movement and was developed as a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices.

It introduces key concepts in quality, safety, and reliability and explores the essential elements that all hospitals should have in place to ensure patient-centered care.

Topics covered in the manual include:

  • The domains and phases of surgical care
  • The Surgical Quality Officer
  • Peer and case review
  • The Surgical Quality and Safety Committee
  • Privileging and credentialing
  • Patient-centered culture
  • High-reliability organizations (HROs)
  • Applications to the unique surgical disciplines
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Data analytics
  • Quality collaboratives
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Education and training

General organizational chart<br> from <strong>Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety</strong>

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