Improve the outcome before the surgery
A patient’s risk of negative outcomes from surgery can be lowered by preparing for surgery using best practices. Enter ACS Strong for Surgery. This important and well-researched initiative brings a pre-surgery checklist to surgeons' offices to help with education, communication, and standardization of best practices to improve outcomes for patients. The better the preparation, the better the recovery. That’s Strong for Surgery.
As the home of Strong for Surgery, ACS administers and promotes the initiative to identify and evaluate evidence-based practices that optimize the health of patients before surgery.
Strong for Surgery empowers hospitals and clinics to integrate checklists into the preoperative phase of clinical practice for elective operations. The checklists are used to screen patients for potential risk factors that can lead to surgical complications, and to provide appropriate interventions to ensure better surgical outcomes. The checklists target eight areas known to be highly influential determinants of surgical outcomes:
It’s important to learn about the potential risks, and patients can prepare to have the best possible results. Strong for Surgery has developed tools and resources for patients facing surgery that are available here on the website.