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About the Program

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections, is funding a 12-month patient safety improvement program in which ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can participate.
Our aim is zero harm for patients undergoing care in the ambulatory surgery setting.

This program provides participating facilities the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate the quality of care they are providing within their state, region, or management company
  • Mitigate harm and manage risk through the use of tested quality improvement and patient safety tools and strategies designed specifically for the ambulatory surgery setting
  • Showcase the exemplary work and ideas that are occuring across the country with other facilities through peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities
  • Receive  one-on-one coaching and mentoring by a Quality Improvement Advisor throughout their program participation
  • Benchmark data with other facilities across their state and nation

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved patient safety culture
  • Enhanced teamwork and communication
  • Reduction in surgical site infections and complications - Zero harm!
  • Improved patient and staff satisfaction

Click on the recording below to listen to the interview with Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Maulik Joshi as they discuss the importance of this national collaborative.

Member Login

Participating facilities can obtain the username and password by contacting ascsafetyprogram@aha.org


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