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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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geriatric surgery

Implementation Course

The Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Implementation Course is intended to guide hospitals through the implementation process as they prepare for verification. The course is unique to the GSV  program, not only as a comprehensive resource, but also in structure and content. A series of modules aligned with the GSV Standards comprise the course, which contains a variety of content, including: text, videos, templates, surveys, and interactive e-learning elements. The course modules will guide hospitals step by step through the process of implementing the GSV Standards.

Log in to the Participant Portal to access* the GSV Implementation Course.

*The course becomes accessible once a hospital has committed to a level of participation in the GSV Program.

The final module of the Implementation Training Course focuses on the steps of the verification process, including the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ) and site visit preparation. We encourage hospitals to access this module, along with all the other ones, regardless of where they are in the journey towards verification.


Function & Mobility: Identifying High-Risk Patients & Addressing Vulnerabilities

The following focused module has been provided to serve as a sample of the overall GSV Implementation Course. Adapted from Module 4: Identifying High-Risk Patients & Addressing Vulnerabilities, this abbreviated module addresses components of GSV Standards 5.6 Geriatric Vulnerability Screens, 5.7 Management Plan for Patients with Positive Geriatric Vulnerability Screens, and 5.16 Assessment of Geriatric Vulnerabilities at Discharge. At the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of how to successfully screen for impaired function and mobility and create management plans for identified vulnerabilities. The structure and content in this module are representative of all modules in the Implementation Course.

The Implementation Course consists of 10 modules, each grouped together by several GSV Standards that focus on a learning objective. Whether a hospital has applied to the program at the commitment or verification level, participants will find valuable resources such as a gap analysis, best practices, and real-time examples to guide standards implementation.

Module

Learning Objectives

GSV Standards

Module 1:
 Institutional Commitment

Demonstrate administrative support for program participation.

1.1, 2.1, 2,2, 2.3, 4.1

Module 2:
 Infrastructure

Develop facility and data infrastructure that supports the care of older adult patients.

3.1, 6.1, 6.2

Module 3: 
Surgical Decision-Making & Health Care Goals

Implement procedures for discussing, documenting, and revisiting health care goals.

5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.15

Module 4:
 Identifying High-Risk Patients & Addressing Vulnerabilities

Institute validated screens for geriatric vulnerabilities to identify patients who are high risk and develop clinical plans for how to address specific vulnerabilities.

5.6, 5.7, 5.16

Module 5: 
Interdisciplinary Management of High-Risk Patients

Develop an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate, optimize, and manage high-risk patients.

5.8, 5.9, 5.14

Module 6: 
Peri-& Postoperative Care

Standardize peri- and post-operative care.

5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.13

Module 7:
 Transitions of Care

Develop procedures for discharge, follow-up, and transitions of care.

5.17, 5.18

Module 8: 
Quality Improvement & Outreach

Improve the quality of geriatric surgical care through QI projects, collaboration, and community outreach.

7.1, 7.2, 8.1

Module 9:
 Education & Research in Geriatric Surgical Care

Educate clinical staff about geriatric surgical care and participate in research to advance the field.

8.2, 8.3, 9.1

Module 10:
 Verification Preparation

Demonstrate that the institution has met the required standards for verification.

ALL

Sample Module