ACS launches AHRQ Safety Program for ERAS

ERASThe 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, contact enhancedrecovery@facs.org.

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