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Children's Surgery Verification

Dr. DolginThe American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care have developed standards to improve surgical care for pediatric and children surgical patients. These standards have been supported by the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, and are the nation’s first and only multispecialty standards for children’s surgical care.

The pilot verification program launched in the first quarter of 2015. The pilot sites were diverse organizations that have expressed an early interest in undergoing this process. Pilot site visits were conducted by members of the Verification Committee, with surveyor teams initially consisting of at least two children’s surgeons and a pediatric anesthesiologist. Following the site visit, surveyors provided a report to the Verification Committee to review. Five pilot sites were verified as Level I Surgery Centers following the completion of the pilot phase. The Pilot Phase concluded in 2016.

The standards document, Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care, was finalized based on the pilot phase. The standards document details the principles regarding resource standards, quality improvement and safety processes, data collection, and a verification process. The program evaluates three levels of care, aligned to the standards and expected scope of practice at the pediatric hospital. An interactive PDF of the Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care is available for download.

The Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ) is the document an applicant organization will complete to pursue verification. Please visit the Apply page for a PDF version of the PRQ. The Children’s Surgery Verification Program verifies the standards in the Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care have been met at participating centers.

If your organization has questions regarding the program, please contact the Children's Surgery Team at

Children’s Surgery News

Hospitals interested in enrolling in the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program may now file a Pre-Application online for participation in the program.

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