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ACS launches AHRQ Safety Program for ERAS
The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns
Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality,
Baltimore, MD, has launched the AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality) Safety Program for Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS). This
new surgical quality improvement program is funded and guided by AHRQ.
The AHRQ Safety Program for ERAS will support hospitals in
implementing perioperative evidence-based protocols to meaningfully improve
clinical outcomes, reduce health care utilization, and improve the patient
experience. This program aims to enroll at least 750 hospitals throughout the
five-year contract. Hospitals within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the District
of Columbia are eligible to participate across five service lines: colorectal,
orthopaedic, bariatric, gynecology, and emergency general surgery.
Participating hospitals will have access to the international leaders
in ERAS, including representatives of surgery, anesthesiology, and
nursing; prototype ERAS protocols developed for five procedures based
on up-to-date evidence review; literature to support protocols; tools and
educational materials to facilitate implementation; quality improvement
specialist support; and coaching calls to support hospital work.
Program enrollment will begin in spring 2017. For more information,
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