American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

A patient’s risk of negative outcomes from an operation is often both predetermined and modifiable before entering the operating room. Strong for Surgery brings a preoperative checklist to surgeons' offices to improve clinical outcomes after an operation. The Strong for Surgery initiative aims to identify and improve evidence-based practices for elective surgical patients in four target areas:

“Educating patients about their nutritional needs is vital when they are facing surgery and recovery. I’ve seen many instances where the checklist works as a tool clinicians can use to screen for risk factors and facilitates conversations with their patients.”

—Wendy Klamp, MPA, Site Implementation and Quality Improvement Coordinator