AAOS Now

Published 6/1/2014

Wanted: ASCs for Education, Quality Improvement Initiative

The AAOS and the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association are seeking Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) to participate in a new educational and quality improvement program. Between 9 and 12 ASCs will be selected to take part in the year-long program, which involves an educational component focused on improving teamwork, communication, infection prevention, and safety, along with data collection and monitoring. Data collection involves reporting sentinel events including wrong site surgery, wrong patient surgery, surgical site infections, and more. Reducing surgical site infections and other complications are important program outcomes.

The program is open to any ASC owned by an AAOS fellow(s) or operated under a joint venture with another entity, as long as orthopaedic surgeons participate in governance. ASCs that qualify for the program must meet the following criteria:

  • a minimum of 4,000 cases annually
  • case mix including arthroscopy patients, arthroplasty patients, and patients undergoing other orthopaedic procedures that require a surgical incision
  • orthopaedic surgeon ownership and/or governance

The program is expected to begin in September 2014. The deadline for submitting an application is June 30, 2014; selection will be made by July 31, 2014. For additional details, visit www.ascsafetyprogram.org To contact the AAOS regarding this activity, email ascorthopaedic@aaos.org