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News from the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference 2019

Research News

Researchers identify four characteristics in older patients associated with an inability to return home after an operation

New findings will help surgeons to counsel elderly patients before operations and help hospitals to intervene when elderly patients have a history of a fall, malnutrition, delirium, or decubitus ulcer.

Press release (July 22, 2019)

[ACS NSQIP® Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project]


Implementation of enhanced recovery pathway for bariatric operations cuts hospital stays by half, opioid use by 95 percent

A regimen that includes early ambulation and liquid administration, as well as targeted pain management, reduces readmissions by 38 percent.

Press release (July 22, 2019)

[MBSAQIP® Quality Program]


Delay from breast cancer diagnosis to chemotherapy after a cancer operation may shorten survival for patients

National Cancer Database researchers find a worse survival rate regardless of type of cancer operation if time from cancer diagnosis to postoperative chemo exceeds 120 days.

Press release (July 22, 2019)

[National Cancer Database (NCDB) data study]


ACS Quality Program News

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American College of Surgeons introduces a new standardized program for hospitals devoted to high-quality surgical care for older adults

Newly released care standards from the College's Geriatric Surgery Verification Program are evidence-based and centered on goals that matter most to the patient.

Press release (July 19, 2019)

[Geriatric Surgery Verification Program]