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Improving the Surgery Experience for Older Adults
AARP, July 26, 2019

"To try and improve surgical care for older adults, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is launching the Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program, which outlines 30 different standards of surgical care for older adults. The program is based on successful quality improvement efforts in other areas, including cancer, bariatric surgery, trauma and pediatrics."

Mitch with Dr. Ronnie A. Rosenthal, MD (audio)
KRLD, July 26, 2019

“The U.S. population is aging...and in many cases that means long-term geriatric care issues for families to consider. Surgery can be a very big part of the health care equation.

Dr. Ronnie Rosenthal joins us on the KRLD newsline. She is Chair of the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgical Taskforce—and part of the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery project.”

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients
Associated Press, July 19, 2019

“The American College of Surgeons launched a program Friday to encourage hospitals around the country to adopt 30 new standards to optimize surgery on patients who are 75 and older—information seniors and their families eventually will be able to use in choosing where to get care.”

The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.
The New York Times, June 7, 2019

“Dr. Clifford Ko, a colorectal surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently performed major surgery on an 86-year-old with rectal cancer, for instance.

'Ten years ago, I’d think, "My god, can this person even survive the operating room?"' Dr. Ko said. 'Now, it’s increasingly common to see octogenarians for these types of operations.'

He and Dr. Ronnie Rosenthal, a surgeon and geriatrician at the Yale University School of Medicine, lead the American College of Surgeons’s Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery.”

Medical Trade Press

Let It Rain: The American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
JAGS, November 12, 2020

“As our hospital has been building its Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program, the newest standards-and-verification quality program of the American College of Surgeons, I have repeatedly noticed the same phenomenon: Just beneath the surface, maybe not even overtly recognized, we have been hungry for these changes in the way that we care for older adults.”

“Just beneath the surface is the feeling that, although we are caring well for our older adult patients, we are not caring optimally, we could be doing more.”

“There is excitement around the GSV as it seems to have provided the push needed to bring about even better care, to make standard some processes that were being done occasionally, to nourish the Geriatrics experts who have sometimes felt like voices in the wilderness.”

Program to improve outcomes for geriatric surgery patients shows promise in a hospital setting
ACS Clinical Congress 2020 News, October 3, 2020

“People age 65 years and older account for 40 percent of inpatient operations and one-third of outpatient procedures, and these older patients are more vulnerable to longer hospital stays and other complications after surgery than younger patients. A beta test of a program for older adults who undergo major surgery has resulted in shorter hospital stays and lower rates of post-surgery delirium, among other improved outcomes, according to research presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020.”

Evaluation of Postoperative Functional Health Status Decline Among Older Adults
JAMA, August 19, 2020

“Functional outcomes have value for older adults who undergo surgical procedures. Preventing postoperative functional decline in this patient population necessitates the identification of the factors associated with this outcome and minimizing their implications.”

The Talk Seniors Need To Have With Doctors Before Surgery
Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2019

“Older patients, it turns out, often have different priorities than younger ones. More than longevity, in many cases, they value their ability to live independently and spend quality time with loved ones, according to Dr. Clifford Ko, professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Now new standards meant to improve surgical care for older adults have been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons. All older patients should have the opportunity to discuss their health goals and goals for the procedure, as well as their expectations for their recovery and their quality of life after surgery, according to the standards.”

4 indicators that older patients aren't ready to go home after surgery
Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, July 24, 2019

“A history of falls and postoperative delirium are among four key factors that can help clinicians predict whether an older patient is able to return home, new research shows.

The research was presented at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference, which ended July 22 in Washington, D.C.

Researchers used data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project. The project was established in 2014 to measure the quality of surgical care for older adults in the U.S.”

ACS develops new standards to improve surgical care for elderly patients
FierceHealthcare, July 23, 2019

“It’s estimated that about 41% of all in-patient surgeries are performed on older adults—a number expected to grow as the population ages.

With that in mind, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) embarked on a project to develop new standards to improve surgical care for older patients.

The ACS released the 30 patient-centered standards at its 2019 Quality and Safety Conference held over the weekend in Washington, D.C. The Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) program was designed to encourage hospitals and healthcare systems around the country to adopt the standards to optimize surgery for patients who are 75 and older.”

American College of Surgeons Releases Standards for Surgical Care of Older Adults
Medscape, July 22, 2019

“The ACS launched the Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program today at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

‘The population is aging and the number of surgical patients who are older and have vulnerabilities has been increasing very rapidly. Currently, about 40% of the surgical procedures we do are on patients over the age of 65,’ Dr. Ronnie A. Rosenthal, Chair of the ACS Geriatric Surgery Taskforce and professor of surgery and geriatrics at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, noted in a phone interview with Reuters Health.”

American College of Surgeons creates new standards for geriatric surgery: 5 Qs with a physician behind the framework
Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, June 27, 2019

“The American College of Surgeons' Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery plans to release an updated set of care standards in July at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

The 30 new standards aim to improve surgical care for older patients and represent the culmination of four years of research and planning.”